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

In 2011 Kayvon’s life changed when he took his first breath underwater. After signing up for a SCUBA course on a whim while studying at the University of California, Santa Cruz he soon shifted his major and focus in life. He graduated in 2015 after studying Environmental Studies and Biology, focusing on marine conservation. By that time, he was an AAUS certified Scientific Diver aiding in field research, a NAUI Divemaster, and had begun working at the Monterey Bay Aquarium sharing the wonder of the ocean that captivated him four years prior.

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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