Drake Passage

Jan 24, 2019 - National Geographic Orion


After an eventful week exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, we are heading north to Ushuaia. Our relaxing day at Drake’s Passage was spent on deck, photographing the curious sea birds that followed our ship while other guests attended presentations by Captain Martin Graser and naturalist staff members.

After spending yesterday afternoon in the company of the Southern Ocean’s top predator, the killer whale, we began the day with our very own killer whale expert, Josh McInnes, who gave insights into the mysterious life of these creatures.

After lunch, Tom Ritchie gave his talk on the earliest explorers of the Antarctic Peninsula, and the captain shared colorful accounts of his own experience navigating polar waters over the years. It is a privilege for all of us to witness the passion this area has inspired in him, and to share his final Antarctic expedition aboard National Geographic Orion before he joins National Geographic Endurance.

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About the Author

Andreas Madsen

Naturalist

Andreas was born in the village of Ebeltoft on the central east coast of Denmark and has spent his childhood years with the sea and open fields as neighbours. For a child of the North, fishing, bicycling, skiing, and hiking come along with your first steps and nature has always had a self-explanatory role in Andreas’ life. Between studies he left Denmark to travel and it was during his months in South America he discovered his curiosity and interest for geology. 

About the Photographer

Ryder Redfield

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Growing up at the base of the Cascade Mountains in the tiny Oregon town of Sisters meant that Ryder was surrounded by wilderness. A childhood of hiking, fishing, hunting for arrowheads, camping, and upland bird hunting resulted in the outdoors feeling far more comfortable than hectic city streets. His passion for the outdoors has perpetually grown and, upon graduating from the University of Oregon, he embraced his wanderlust with even greater vigor. His adventures eventually led him to working with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic as a photo instructor.

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