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Eric Guth  Eric works aboard Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic ships from the Arctic to Antarctica. He resides in the Pacific NW.

Sometimes the stars and sea align - even in the starless skies of an Antarctic summer. In the following instance, it was a case of land and marine mammals meeting in the middle of that thin interface between the liquid and oxygenated world. The location, Wilhelmina Bay, West Antarctic Peninsula.
It was during an unassuming, after-dinner zodiac cruise from the platform of the National Geographic Explorer that some of our skiffs came across a group of feeding humpback whales. After about 20 minutes of impressive lunge feeding behavior the whales seemed to settle into a less focused pattern of feeding and shifted their attention towards us. What ensued was 40 minutes of the most attentive, curious, engaging behavior I’ve ever experienced from a marine mammal while on the ocean. During this period two individuals circled, swam under, spy-hopped next to and nearly (but never actually) rubbed their 40 foot bodies along every inch of our 22 ft. rubber boats. In a seemingly obvious example of interspecies curiosity, these charismatic megafauna took time out of their busy summer feeding schedules to interact with us and left an impression that will stay with me long after winter returns and the stars shin once again in the Antarctic skies. #antarctica #WilhelminaBay #lindbladexpeditions #LEX #nationalgeographicexplorer #humpbackewhales #whales #friendlywhales #curiouswhales #wildlife #humananimalencounters #animalkingdom #gesture #underwater photography #aquatech #aquatec #half and half photography #overunders

For some, January 3rd, 2018 offered a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For nearly two hours, under brilliant sun and calm conditions the guests and crew aboard the #nationalgeographicexplorer watched in awe as a pod of 4 Type B “pack ice killer whales” tried various methods, including this coordinated wave washing technique, to dislodge a lone crab eater seal from an ice floe. By swimming side-by-side and diving at the moment they reach the floe they create a pressure wave that has the ability to crest and break over the ice and its associated seal. In this case “Kevin” our affectionately named seal survived 35 separate wave washes, attempts to topple the ice and a high speed chase after he slipped into the water while the pods back was turned.
A moment to remember and another day for Kevin!
#killerwhale #packicekillerwhale #typebkillerwhales #lindbladexpeditions #lindblad #wavewashing #crabeaterseal #seal #thrillofthehunt #rawnature #hunting #killerwhaleshunting #nationalgeographicexplorer

Perhaps one of the most incredible flights of my life! While returning to Anchorage via the Alaskan village of Unalakleet, Jennifer Kingsley and I flew over the Yukon river and its many tributaries. While on assignment for @meetthenorth we spent 2 weeks in arctic Alaska this March, meeting everyone from gameshow contestants, to Baptist preachers, to wolverine hunters, to Iditarod mushers. Since we were in Nome for the final days of this epic race it was a treat to return home by flying over much of the terrain these dogs had to cover. Over a thousand miles of it. Can't say I'd ever do it via dog sled but I'll never forget the landscape as it looked from the air! #westernalaska #iditarod #yukonriver #aerial #alaska #rivers #clouds #meetthenorth

February in the waters surrounding the Antarctic Peninsula. It's feeding time for leopard seals as fledgling penguins take their first, and sometimes last dip in the southern ocean. This unfortunate Gentoo penguin was toyed with for about 20 minutes before being put out of its misery. #Antarctica #brownbluff #AntarcticSound #Lex #lindbladexpeditions #nationalgeographicexplorer #nationalgeographicexpeditions #penguins #leopardseal #seals #lifeAndDeath #CircleofLife #leopardSealKill #underwaterphotography #aquatechhousing #aquatech

A little bit of everything at Neko Harbor on the Antarctic Peninsula. #Gentoo penguins fight for purchase on this piece of ice despite having thousands to choose from. #Antarctica never fails to deliver. #penguins #nationalgeographicexplorer #lindbladexpeditions #lex #ngexplorer #overunderphotoraphy #underwaterphoyography #ice #icebergs #aquatech

While we in the northern hemisphere reference December 21st as winter solstice, the other half of our planet is experiencing summer solstice. This shot of a snow petrel in Wilhelmina Bay, Antarctica was taken a few days ago at 11:30pm during a long Antarctic summer nite. Just a reminder that on the shortest day of the year up here, there are many who are enjoying the other half of the equation on our behalf. #SnowPetrel #wilhelminaBay #antarctica #lindbladexpeditions #lex #nationalgeographicexplorer #LEX @eric_guth

There is no place I'd rather be then #Oregon in the fall. #hoytarboretum #trees #fallcolors #portlandoregon #fall #forestpark

Approaching the second largest king penguin colony on South Georgia Island (60,000 pairs), in the wee hours of the morning requires a bit of help from the bridge. The National Geographic Explorer's searchlight helps guide us in as we come ashore at Salisbury Plain while the shadow of a king penguin guides my lens.
#SouthGeorgiaIsland #SouthernOcean #kingpenguins #penguins #shadows #beach #nationalgeographicexplorer #lindblad #lindbladexpeditions #lex

Killer feast! While at the northern extent of the #WeddellSea in #Antarctica this type B killer whale was on the prowl. From the deck of the #nationalgeographicexplorer we watched numerous Orca pursue, kill, then leave these juvenile Adelie penguin chicks in their wake. Very infrequently did they actually eat them. Wild behavior from a wild and beautiful place! #lex #lindblad expeditions #Antarctic_ambassadors #explorer #penguins #adelie penguins #penguin chicks #killer whales #orca #hunting #nationalgeographicexplorer #lindbladexpeditions

While setting up an over-under shot of my favorite iceberg from Brown Bluff, on the East Antarctic peninsula, this group of #CrabeaterSeals decided to slip into the frame. #Antarctica #lindbladexpeditions #lindblad #lex #seals #iceberg #underwater #aquatech #blue #brownbluff #EastAntarctica #crabeater #nationalgeographicexplorer #explorer #lexNG

EMPEROR PENGUINS! A few days ago a rare combination of favorable wind followed by calm weather allowed us to penetrate well into the Weddell Sea on the eastern side of the Antarctic peninsula. Northerly winds had blow all the ice out of our way and offered close proximity to the planets northern most emperor penguin colony, near Snow Hill Island. The ice that remained was held fast to shore and offered perfect walking conditions. Under blue skies and no wind we cavorted with over a dozen emperor penguins for hours as our ship waited for us at the sea ice edge over a mile away. #lindbladexpeditions #seaice #lex #nationalgeographicexplorer #penguins #emperorpenguins #antarctica #WeddellSea #

Staten Island, Argentina. 17 miles east of Cape Horn a small island group has been off limits to tourism for its existence, until now! After four years of paperwork the #nationalgeographicexplorer was finally granted permission to bring tourism to this remote island. We just spent the past 3 days exploring the northern coast of Staten Island. Here we are in Hoppner Bay and loving life! #Patagonia #tierradelfuego #statenisland #isladelosestados #argentina #hoppnerbay #nationalgeographicexplorer #lex #lindbladexpeditions

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