On our way!

It was a day like this when Marco Polo left for China. What are your plans for today?

Well, on the 28th of March, I left Ushuaia onboard Plancius, heading for South Georgia as our first stop towards the Cape Verde Islands.

So far I had never been this late in the season on South Georgia That would mean a lot of opportunities to see new species of birds and mammals. The first new species for me, was this Kerguelen Petrel. It was nice to see that later in the season the birdlife was different from earlier. While so far I had never seen Kerguelen and Grey Petrel and in the beginning of the season Soft-plumaged Petrels were really rare. Now we saw many Soft-plumaged Petrels and a few of the other two species.

Kerguelen Petrel

Another big thing during this trip, would be the change in waters. We would start in the very nutrient rich Southern Ocean, head into the South Atlantic, that would get less and less food-rich, until we would reach tropical waters, with only a little, but completely different life. Really something to look forward to!


Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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