Cuverville Island

Jan 20, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer


A very snowy morning was had at Cuverville Island, where guests had the option to go ashore for a hike as well as the opportunity to kayak amongst icebergs in the beautifully calm Antarctic waters.  The sky offered a constant snow shower of beautiful, fat, fluffy flakes, making the morning that much more special. 

During lunch we began our sail towards Useful Island, where we planned to have our afternoon operations.  However, we came across a group of humpback whales feeding. After spending some time watching these amazing animals, we continued our sail towards Useful Island, only to be interrupted once again by a pod of killer whales.  We were able to send out one of the Zodiacs with our cetacean researchers so they could photo ID the killer whales as well as take biopsy samples, a part of an ongoing scientific project they have been working on for ten years down here. 

We finally made it to Useful Island later in the afternoon and were able to lower our Zodiacs and spend some time cruising around the Island.  The day was not yet over though, as we sailed through the picturesque Lemaire Channel after dinner, a truly amazing ending to a wonderful day spent on the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Amy Malkoski

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Amy was raised near Cape Cod in coastal Marion, Massachusetts, and her relationship with the ocean and nature has always been an active one. Her parents, avid divers and marine biologists, introduced her to the underwater world when she was very young and she grew up participating in as many water-related activities as possible. Amy spent her summers sailing and exploring intertidal areas of Buzzards Bay. At age 12 she became a certified diver and is now a divemaster with the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI). In high school her passion for nature and art developed into a love of photography, using the medium to share her explorations with others. 

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Paul North

Undersea Specialist

For over a decade Paul North has been exploring the marine ecosystems of our planet. Whereas most think of diving as a warm water activity, he has chosen the road less traveled–specializing in polar diving. This has provided many rare opportunities to dive and explore from the Arctic to Antarctica and many wondrous places in between.

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Ashley Karitis

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Ashley was raised in the foothills of the Cascade Range in Central Oregon. After childhood careers in ski racing, equestrian sports, classical piano, and summer jobs on a dude ranch, she emerged as a unique hybrid of adventuress, hobby farmer, and storyteller. 

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