Cape Horn & Return to Ushuaia

Feb 05, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer


Our journey to the Antarctic has truly been a story we will share for the rest of lives. But no story is complete without an ending. We found our ending here, as we glimpsed Cape Horn, were guided by our skilled pilot in the Beagle Channel, and lastly set our eyes again upon Ushuaia.

Our story, like all stories, features another important caveat: change. Journeys change those who partake in them. Like those who came before us, we have witnessed the land of icebergs, glaciers, and mountains. We have been changed and shaped by this continent like the ice that forms then crumbles, eventually melting only to re-form again and again.

The above pictures and captions reflect not only our return, but how we have come to finish our story. For we have dove and emerged from the depths below with the knowledge of what lies in the deep.

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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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