Jul 03, 2019 - National Geographic Orion
Today was one of the major highlights of our expedition to the Russian Far East with a morning landing at the Bering Memorial at Komander Bay. It was here on Bering Island that Vitrus Bering and his men were shipwrecked during a storm in the fall of 1741. In poor health from starvation and scurvy, Bering and 15 of his men died at this very spot. The naturalist Georg Steller was the hero of the expedition, helping to save the remaining men by identifying the right plants and animals to eat to ensure their survival over the winter. We made Zodiac landing at this remote site then explored the trails that led to the memorial, venturing further afield to explore the river valley and to climb the high ridge for a spectacular view. The major surprise of the morning was not the lady slipper orchid, but a curious Arctic fox scavenging for food on the beach that stole the show. What an amazing morning!
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