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Located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands provide a natural habitat for some of the world’s most unusual animals. With experienced naturalists and the Museum’s academic leaders, encounter abundant wildlife such as sea lions frolicking in the waters, blue-footed boobies performing a courtship “dance” ritual, and male frigate birds ballooning their crimson chest pouches to attract mates. Snorkel with playful sea lions and view an incredible variety of marine life from a glass-bottom boat. See complete itinerary*(PDF).
Trip: Friday, February 12 to Sunday, February 21, 2010
No other expedition makes it possible to see Emperor and King Penguins during one voyage. Share the adventure with special guests Robert Bateman and Birgit Freybe Bateman.
Mid-September, after six long months of bitter cold and darkness, the sun returns to the Antarctic sky. As the light from the sun increases, penguins begin a period of intense activity—building nests, courting, incubating eggs, and raising chicks.
With two exceptions—King and Emperor Penguins.
As the sun returns, adult Emperors are in the final stage of raising their young. The males—having incubated a single egg through the long, dark Antarctic winter—race to ensure their offspring are strong enough to survive immersion in the frigid waters of the Southern Ocean.
During this expedition, visit the Snow Hill Island rookery while the chicks are still in the care of their parents. A rare opportunity, as the weather and ice conditions only permit visits for about one month a year.
Spend three days (subject to change) with the Emperors before sailing to South Georgia, where some of the largest colonies of King Penguins are found. Encounter the birds in all stages of growth, since King Penguins breed year round: from fluffy chicks to moulting adults and “woollies” (adolescent King Penguins that were once thought to be separate species).
Enriching this singular adventure will be special guests Robert Bateman and Birgit Freybe Bateman. The Batemans have earned international reputations as artists and conservationists. They will share a lifetime of experience during two onboard presentations.
Participation is limited. Please call 800.356.5699 or 203.852.5580 to book your cabin now.
Photo Credits: Peter Guttman courtesy Quark Expeditions;Tom Arban, courtesy Quark Expeditions ]