Emperor Penguins! Exploring Antarctica on the Lindblad NatGeo Explorer!

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On our 3rd day, our 2nd on land, we actually had the thrill of seeing an Emperor Penguin! It is a very unusual sighting, because Emperors mate during the dead of winter (I think it may be safe to say that Emperor Penguins have the worst existence of any bird on earth) and this was Antarctic summer. There he or she was, hanging out with Adelie penguins on ice!

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An Emperor Penguin hanging out!

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The emperor is, of course, quite regal.

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I love the feet!

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We actually saw 2 Emperors on the trip…so exciting!

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An emperor telling it like it is!

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Emperor on the belly!

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…sliding….

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Too late to stop now!

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In!

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…and splash!

Emperor Penguins are the largest of all penguins, reaching heights of 48 inches, and can weigh up to 99 pounds! They are the only penguins to mate during the dark winter, and they will trek 30 to 75 miles to get to the breeding grounds. They are absolutely majestic, and it was fascinating to watch both of them. We sighted them separately, they are loners when not nesting and breeding. They can dive for 18 minutes, a very long time. Then, there are the seals!

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Crabeater Seals, sleeping and scratching…they do not eat crab.

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Look at that face!

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Fast Ice! They kept saying look at the fast ice! What they meant was ice that was fastened onto land, not ice that was rapid!

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Perhaps a landing on this first year ice?

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Antarctica is so pristine.

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Scientists checking out the ice.

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Yes we wanted to go! And we did.

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Photo by Ann Rooney

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Photo by Ann Rooney

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Annie, my travel buddy, in front of the Explorer, on the fast ice.

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Photo by Ann Rooney

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These penguins skittered away as the ship went by their ice floe.

Every day on the Lindblad NatGeo Explorer was an adventure. In addition to the sightings, landings, and zodiac rides, the scientists gave presentations in their areas of expertise: hydrology, climate change, Southern Ocean whales, Killer Whale species, photography…it was such a great learning experience. Every moment was a realization that we must protect our planet, our currents, our animals, and our pristine environments. No one should ever be able to drill, colonize or in any way commercialize this magnificent continent.

 

 

 

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I am an avid scuba diver, underwater photographer, amateur historian; interested in all people and cultures. For me, the unexpected is usually the norm! My motto? I am an Empty Nester who likes to Renew, Revamp, and Reinvent Life!
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  1. I am just speechless and so excited to hear the details and see your photos. Keep them coming!

  2. How very cool is this? And they are adorable. But stinky.

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