South of the Antarctic Circle!

Feb 10, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer

Today we reached the southernmost point of our journey, passing the Antarctic Circle. Just after passing 66 degrees and 33 minutes south, we were greeted to by a pod of type A killer whales. It was a quintessentially Antarctic day, starting under moody clouds with a brisk wind that blew our long locks in front of our camera lenses as we photographed passing ice and marine mammals. As is typical down here, nothing is typical, so we left our afternoon expedition with rosy cheeks from the glare of the sun on calm seas. It truly was a day that will dance around in our hearts and minds for a long time to come.

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Katie Crafts


As a kid, Katie wore mom-made, whale-covered jumpers (the uniform of the cool kid, right?!). In high school, she developed a study abroad program so that she could travel to Spain and see what more of the world was like. In college, she spent six weeks on a tall ship, sailing from Massachusetts to the Caribbean using a sextant, and doing plankton tows at all hours of the days and nights. Through these experiences, she started to piece together the planet from a cultural and environmental perspective.

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