At Sea, heading North

Jan 25, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer

The end of our expedition is drawing near. We are sailing north across the Drake Passage bound for Ushuaia. This morning we awoke to rolling seas, grey skies and pounding waves. After breakfast, Global Perspectives guest speaker, Andy Clark, delivered a thought provoking and poignant lecture on climate change and Antarctica, something that has been on the minds of several guests since we arrived. Then, our assistant expedition leader, Adrienne Bosworth, briefed us all on disembarkation, a reminder that the trip is coming to an end. 

After lunch Adam Britton and the photo team hosted a photo feedback session to further our photography education onboard. This was followed by a moving presentation from National Geographic photographer, Erika Larsen, on her time living with the Sami Reindeer Herders. The talent and combined experiences on this ship continues to amaze everyone, even the staff members.

After all the planned activities, it was nice to find some quiet time to just sit with a warm drink and stare out at the Southern Ocean, to reflect on the past week. It’s hard to imagine that just yesterday we were surrounded by ice and whales. What an incredible expedition. It will be hard to say goodbye.

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Jessica Farrer


Jessica graduated with a degree in evolutionary biology from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. Since graduation she has worked in fisheries management on commercial fishing vessels in the Bering Sea, counted Steller sea lions from cliffs in the Aleutian Islands, tagged sea lions in the Galápagos and monk seals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and for four austral springs she lived in a retrofitted refrigerator container on the Antarctic sea ice near McMurdo Station. In Antarctica she worked on a long-term population study of Weddell seals and hopes to continue working in this ecosystem on predator-prey dynamics of the Ross Sea. 

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