Cuverville Island and Neko Harbor

Feb 22, 2020 - National Geographic Orion


There aren’t many places in the world you can visit and still be at a loss for words with awe and wonder every time you come back. Our first day exploring Antarctica today was nothing short of spectacular. From humpback whales before breakfast, to penguins in the sunshine, glassy reflections, magnificent icebergs, glaciers calving and perfect evening light, we really couldn’t have asked for a better start to our trip on the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Maya Santangelo

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Maya was born and raised in Southern California, where her curiosity for the natural world was encouraged from an early age. Relocating to Sydney, Australia with her family at 11 years old, she learned to scuba dive, eventually becoming a PADI Instructor. Her fascination for the underwater world undoubtedly fueled her interest to study marine biology at James Cook University. Working as a professional guide in some of the world’s top dive destinations, including Palau and Mexico’s Guadalupe Island and Revillagigedo Archipelago, Maya realized a passion for sharing her love for the ocean with others, and the value of citizen science in the dive industry.

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