Red Rock Ridge, Petermann Island, & Lemaire Channel

Jan 23, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer


Today we awoke to breaching whales, a sure sign that this would be a special day. We would be visiting Red Rock Ridge with its stunning iceberg graveyard, Petermann Island, where Charcot overwintered aboard the Pourquoi Pas?, and finally making our way through the Lemaire Channel winding down the day with steeping slopes of mountains and ice. But the true story of the day was the wildlife that was found in abundance, no matter where we went. From humpback whales to leopard seals, and of course penguins. Today we were surrounded by the bounty of marine life along this stretch of the Antarctic Peninsula.

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About the Author

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.

About the Photographer

Adam Britton

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Adam is a British-born zoologist who has lived and worked in northern Australia since 1997. Before arriving in Darwin, Adam gained a Ph.D. on the flight performance and echolocation of insectivorous bats, but his passion has always been large predators and the relationship that different cultures have toward them.

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