Lemurs of Madagascar

We were told that one dollar could buy us a sea turtle’s shell. Photo by Carl Safina

On board with Lindblad Expeditions Southern Africa and Indian Ocean tour. I’d just arrived in Madagascar for the first time. I was with the foremost expert on the primates called lemurs, trying to pay attention. I had everything to learn. We’d just gotten there on the shipNational Geographic Orion, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions. As soon […]

In the Agulhas

A juvenile Cape Gannet streaks in among a group of Spinner Dolphins – Photo by Carl Safina

March 27, 2015 – The Agulhas current flows down the east coast of Africa from the north. It’s described as “narrow, swift, and strong” on our briefing material aboard National Geographic Orion. As it reaches the southern tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas (Cape of Good Hope is not actually the continent’s southern tip), it recirculates. […]

Lindblad Expeditions: Days 16 through 18: At Sea and back to the Falklands

Blue-eyed Shag

For two days we traveled westward from South Georgia in calm weather but dense fog, then arrived back in the Falkland Islands. On the outbound leg, the Falklands’ tree-less, rock-and-tussock profile seemed chilly and windswept. On our return, the same place seemed balmy and spring-like. The contrast between South Georgia, with its single songbird, and […]

Lindblad Expeditions: Day 15

Gray-headed Albatross

On our expedition’s last day on South Georgia, we went ashore on the narrowest part of the northwest coast, a wild, Lord-of-the-Rings landscape of steep rock-and-hummock slopes, howling winds and sheets of shrouding mists. This pilgrimage was prompted mainly by the chance for a visitation with nesting Gray-headed Albatrosses on the high slopes. The place […]