At sea and arriving to Wrangel island

Sep 09, 2019 - National Geographic Orion


Wrangel island is a good day’s sail from Kolyuchin island, so National Geographic Orion has been steaming all night and most of today to reach our rendezvous with the Russian rangers we are receiving to accompany us around the island. The weather has been calm throughout the day and by the afternoon there was barely a breeze and just a very gentle ocean swell to carry us along. There was a presentation filled day covering polar bear biology, the ancient land of Beringia, the people of the north and birds of the Arctic. It was also scone day! With fresh cream and jam…

At 7:30 p.m. we intercepted the rangers by Zodiac at their station in Krasin bay. Only one kilometer away there were two polar bears strolling along the beach towards us – a sign of things to look forward to over the next few days!

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Peter Webster

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Born in Scotland, Peter became fascinated with nature and wildlife from a very young age. This early interest led to him earning a degree in conservation biology followed shortly after by an M.Sc in marine and fisheries ecology. He is currently studying for another M.Sc in digital mapping. After working as a commercial diver for several years Peter was offered the position of Field Diving Officer with the British Antarctic Survey in 2012. He then spent the next 16 months in the Antarctic, stationed at Rothera Research Station, on the peninsula where he managed the dive operations and a team of scientific divers working on a wide range of research on climate change, ocean acidification, and increased seabed disturbance by icebergs. As well as diving Peter also spent several months in the Antarctic deep field working in aircraft operations, depot laying, and meteorological work whilst living in tents in conditions below -30oC. 

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