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to the Bottom of the World
In December of 2014, Ty Smedes spent almost a month exploring the southern
reaches of the globe on the Expedition ship Ortelius. The first stop
was the Falkland Islands, the site of the largest Black-browed Albatross
colony in the world, numbering 220,000 breeding pairs. In addition,
Rockhopper Penguin pairs were breeding in various places among the albatross.
Next stop was South Georgia Island, the diamond in the Southern Ocean's
crown jewels of Sub-Antarctic islands, a spectacular glaciated landscape
home to some of the greatest wildlife densities found anywhere on earth.
Ty will take us ashore to visit the huge Fur Seal Colonies and to witness
the titanic struggle between bull Elephant Seals, each battling to become
beach-master. We will visit King Penguin colonies numbering 335,000
pairs or more. We’ll see and hear their struggles to survive in
a challenging climate, where some of the roughest seas in the world
meet. This island, just 100 miles long and with 100 million birds, is
the most wildlife-rich island on the planet! Along the Antarctic Peninsula,
we will visit dazzling blue icebergs in shapes that defy the imagination.
This stunning landscape hosts several penguin species and the leopard
seals that hunt them - framed by a backdrop of endless glaciers and
spectacular mountain scenics. Join us for this educational and visually
stunning presentation about this beautiful and wildlife-rich part of