How many of you saw the article in the New York Times about the uptick in births of Antarctica's humpback whales? I certainly welcomed that great news, particularly at a time in our world when so many species are dramatically declining in numbers.
I was also thrilled to see marine biologist and frequent researcher/lecturer on our Antarctica expeditions, Dr Ari Friedlaender, mentioned in this piece. Every Wildland Adventures voyage on the Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov (and coming soon – the RCGS Resolute!) features not only stimulating guest lecturers who deepen our passengers' understanding and experience throughout the expedition, but some of these researchers actually invite passengers to participate in the studies they are conducting!
Just recently, Wildland Adventures Alumni traveler, Sharon Hulman, was tapped to assist an onboard researcher (pictured to right) with a microplastics study – certainly a major concern throughout the world, but particularly in a place such as Antarctica, where whales are giving birth and loading up on nutrients in preparation for long treks to other seas, other oceans, and hemispheres. When those waters contain plastics, the results can be disastrous.
On this same expedition, Sharon and other guests contributed their own photos of whale flukes to a catalog that Dr Friedlaender is compiling to assist in identifying individual whales throughout their territories and travels. (Slideshow & Cover photo by Sharon & Peter Hulman)
This sort of participatory adventure is why so many of our Wildland Adventures Alumni travelers are drawn to Antarctica, and of course the breathtaking beauty of the White Continent certainly helps! To know that in this remote place, the largest mammals are thriving is something we can ALL feel good about!
So when are YOU going to Antarctica? Check out our trips to Antarctica or give me a call at 800-345-4453 for details!