Weddell Sea Exploration

Dec 23, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer


National Geographic Explorer is an ice-class vessel equipped with a reinforced hull and capable of going where other ships dare not. So, we ventured into the Weddell Sea, on the east side of the Antarctic Peninsula, where Sir Ernest Shackleton and the crew of Endurance , stuck in the deep pack ice in 1915, aborted their mission to be the first to cross the continent via the South Pole. Our officers navigated through the ice to find the iceberg named A68-A, which broke off of the Larsen C ice shelf in 2017.

While we cruised, we filled the day with presentations, and the young explorers on board participated in a stowaway drill. They were skilled at the game of hide-and-seek and successfully evaded the seeking crew.

We turned back north to rendezvous with more adventures on the scenic west side of the peninsula.

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Lee Moll

Naturalist

Lee grew up as a "Nature Girl" in the rural outskirts of New York City, where she developed and expressed her keen sense of biophilia.  She expanded her passion for the outdoors when she ventured to the western side of the country and she currently owns a home in Boise, Idaho.

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