Antarctica & the South Shetlands

Jan 09, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer


Today, we awoke on the National Geographic Explorer, in the waters of the Antarctic. As the ship continued her journey south, the momentum was building; towering icebergs peered through haze and horizon while humpback whales swam around us, feeding. In the afternoon, we arrived and made our first landfall at the South Shetland Islands. As the “sunset” approached, we held a toast with the captain. Then, we headed off again, this time towards Deception Island where we would end the day eager for the rest of our journey.

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Kayvon Malek

Undersea Specialist

Raised in Southern California, Kayvon has spent his whole life living by the sea. However, his passion for the ocean truly unfolded while obtaining his bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Santa Cruz. There he majored in environmental studies and biology and began his scuba diving career. While at UC-Santa Cruz he became an AAUS Scientific Diver as well as a NAUI Divemaster. These certifications allowed him to begin working at the Monterey Bay Aquarium taking children diving in an open exhibit. He was also a research diver for various labs at UC-Santa Cruz, assisting in all manners whether it was obtaining fish samples, setting up experiment apparatuses, or taking salinity and sediment samples. Since graduating Kayvon continues to volunteer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium as a feeding show and maintenance diver and assisting with research.

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