Cruise ship, National Geographic Endurance, stumbles on a rare sight: a gathering of 1,000 whales

Massive Pod of Several Hundred Fin Whales | Antarctica | Lindblad Expeditions

Fin whales as far as the eye could see, hundreds upon hundreds of them, shrouding the horizon in clouds of their breath.

Near Antarctica in January 2022, passengers and crew aboard the National Geographic Endurance stumbled upon this magical sight, unobserved since industrial whaling drove the species to near extinction.

“What greeted us as we sailed north of Coronation Island last year was beyond belief: a horizon filled with whale spouts,” says Conor Ryan, a zoologist and resident naturalist aboard the cruise ship, which is operated by Lindblad Expeditions.

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