Pack Ice and Brown Bluff

Jan 10, 2019 - National Geographic Orion


Antarctica continues to amaze and astound. This morning, many awoke with a resounding thud resonating down the halls of National Geographic Orion. Looking out the window to see what was going on, we were delighted and surprised to see that we had anchored…in ice. There, in a massive piece of pack ice, the ship would stay for the morning as humpback whales surrounded us and as we embarked on our Zodiacs onto the mass of frozen water. It was not long before another surprise was spotted, an emperor penguin sat out on the ice, a rare sighting and photographic subject.

In the afternoon we made our way to Brown Bluff. There we once again found ourselves among penguins, but this time on our first continental landing. A continent that has shown us so much, but that no doubt has more to give.

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Kayvon Malek

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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.

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