The Drake Passage

Jan 27, 2020 - National Geographic Explorer


We are nearing the end of our crossing of the Drake Passage and found ourselves reminiscing about our adventures to the dry, windy, white continent to our stern. Seas have been quite smooth as we plotted our way north and many of us found ourselves editing images, enjoying delicious food, chatting with friends, and continuously learning through talks about polar diving, visually documenting our journey, and the history of whaling. While many of us traveled from different places on the planet, we were bound by the desire to learn all we could and to both protect and explore these wild places.

Antarctica has been a wondrous place to experience nature, encounter amazing wildlife, and ask the big, important questions about the everlasting impacts of climate change and the human population as a whole.

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About the Author

Emily Newton

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Emily was raised in the mountains of Central Oregon, where she spent much of her time on the back of a horse. Her fascination with marine science began with family vacations to British Columbia, where she explored tidepools, captured sculpins, inspected limpets, and watched resident killer whales hunt, play, and rest in Johnstone Strait.

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