Special Antarctica Expedition
March 2nd-15th 2019
Scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will be onboard the beautiful Island Sky to conduct a ground-breaking study on the feeding habits of humpback whales
WHOI - the world's leading independent non-profit organization dedicated to ocean research
As the Antarctic summer comes to a close in March, migratory whale species like the humpback are very active, socializing and feeding in preparation for the long journey ahead. Resident whale species like the Minke and orca are abundant, and you stand a good chance of encountering Southern Right whales and some of the larger pelagic species. Leopard seals are also very busy in March, hunting naive penguin chicks as they mature, develop their waterproof feathers, and make their first journeys to the sea.
On this very special voyage, join the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI*), the world's leading independent non-profit organization dedicated to ocean research, for a trip to Antarctica and a study on the feeding habits of humpback whales. Humpbacks migrate thousands of miles to their feeding ground in the Southern Ocean, yet virtually nothing is known about how these whales find the krill that they consume. The more that can be learned through this study, the better the world can understand how global warming—which is impacting the distribution and volume of krill in the oceans—will affect large whale populations.
All guests on this voyage will have the opportunity to participate as the scientists onboard track whales and collect data. In addition to ongoing briefings on the study’s progress, a panel discussion will be held on The Future of the Antarctic. The panel will feature the WHOI Team, whale expert Annette Bombosch, PhD, and special guest Peter Neill, the founding Director of the World Ocean Observatory, a platform for education and information exchange on the health of the ocean. In addition, a British Broadcasting Channel (BBC) film crew will be on board to gather footage for their "Big Blue Live" series.
Get a taste of Antarctica as it was experienced by the early explorers. After a delicious dinner onboard, jump back in the Zodiacs and head ashore for a night of camping in Antarctica! Help to set up camp, then enjoy the sounds of the waves, the creaking of the glaciers, and perhaps even the blow of a passing whale!
The Citizen Science program is complimentary and open to anyone onboard who wants to help with real-world scientific research. From penguin surveys to measuring ocean salinity, there are several projects you can take part in. Participation availability can vary. On this voyage, follow the work of four scientists as they collect data about the feeding habits of Baleen whales for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Little is known about how these whales find the krill that they consume, and gaining an understanding is important as global warming continues to impact the distribution and volume of krill in our oceans. There will be opportunities to participate and receive ongoing briefings on the data gathered as the study progresses.
Contact Greig Smith Travels for full itinerary details, cabin specifics and rates! Don't miss this unique expedition.