Whale Research in Antarctica, A Forward Journey
Join scientists and help with whale research
Whale Research in Antarctica, A FORWARD JOURNEY
BUENOS AIRES - USHUAIA - ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
15 Days 27 FEB – 14 MAR 2018

March has the highest concentration of whales in Antarctica. On this special expedition,we arejoined by several world-renowned whale experts to observe, and help with, their important fieldwork. Visit long-term research sites, and share unique footage and scientific data. We’ll be encouraged to help too, by photographing the flukes of whales to help plot their migration path. This special journey provides a fascinating glimpse into world of Antarctic science. It is also the peak season for leopard seals, so we’re sending Australia’s leading expert with you to give an added insight these amazing animals too.

Tour Highlights
  • 10 nights Marine Mammal One Ocean Expedition
  • Join scientists in their research
  • Fully escorted from Sydney
  • Ady Adoncello, Australia’s leading seal expert as your tour leader
  • 3 nights pre cruise accommodation in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia.
  • Airport/hotel/ship transfers
  • Full expedition programme
  • Outer gear rental included in price

Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    Antarctica

  • When
    :

    March

  • What
    :

    Cruise, Nature, Escorted Tour

LEAD SCIENTIST/RESEARCHER

Dr. Ari S Friedlaender, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University.
Ari will share cutting-edge scientific research results with passengers and encourage them to participate with ongoing cetacean sighting programs during the voyage. The experts’ guidance provides valuable and fascinating insight into the world of Antarctic science with an underly- ing message of conservation through education and inspiring experiences.
“One of the most critical parts of our science is being able to better communicate our findings with the broader community. Our tag and drone work will be presented to passengers and we will also show images of whales from above and how they behave as well as animal-borne video from our tags. This unique perspective will allowboth scientists and passengers to share the amazing lives

Itinerary

Fly from Australia via Santiago to Buenos Aires. Met upon arrival by our local guide and taken to our hotel.

This morning be introduced to the sights and sounds of the most European city in South America. Cross the 18 lanes of the main Avenue, see the famous Plaza Rosada, visit the vibrant and colourful La Bocca, and stop for a moment at the tomb of Eva Peron. This
afternoon is yours to explore further, maybe tour the impressive Teatro Colon, or people watch in the many cafes.
This evening we’ll join together for a typical night of Argentinian feasting; empanadas, steak and red wine.

This morning we’ll transfer to the airport for our flight to Ushuaia, ‘fin del Mundo’ as the locals call it. But we know it is not the ‘end of the world’, because we are going further south.
Afternoon to stroll around town, and soak up the excitement as our journey south approaches.

Upon waking this morning turn your eyes to the pier where our ship will be waiting. Take a trip to the National Park to see the end of the Pan American Highway, maybe a helicopter ride over the mountains, or pick up some penguin souvenirs overflowing form the shop windows. Board the ship this afternoon and enjoy a welcome drink, dinner and then cast off, bound for Antarctica and the adventure of a lifetime.

Sailing south towards Antarctica we will be joined by hundreds of seabirds including the wandering albatross as we cross the Drake Passage. Spend time on the bridge watching the sailors take on the Southern Ocean. Our experts will educate us with presentations about the environment, wildlife, history and the locations we hope to visit in the coming days. As we approach the coastline of Antarctica, whale sightings increase significantly.

Take a deep breath – we have arrived. Eagerly wake this morning to see the magnificent snowy peaks of continental Antarctica laid out before us. Even hardened expedition staff, some with more than 100 journeys south, take a moment to reflect on the immense power of Antarctica. The Antarctic Peninsula is home to deep bays, pristine coves, inlets, and numerous islands.
Heavily glaciated mountains covered in ice and snow, and rocky outcrops, are home to gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguin rookeries. Seals, including the powerful leopard seal, are often found relaxing on the ice pasing by. Curious humpback whales and the smaller minke whales are found in sizeable numbers, and orca sightings are not uncommon.
We’ll head to whale ‘hot-spots’ and explore in Zodiacs hoping to encounter pods of whales. The science team hope to deploy non-invasive tracking tags on the whales to collect data on dive and feeding patterns. You can collect data too: whale flukes (tails) are unique identifiers, just like human finger prints, and we want everyone to take photos of them so we can identify them, which is vital to understanding the whale migration patterns
We also have our regular explorations on and off the ship; zodiac cruising, guided hikes and visits to wildlife colonies are daily. Visits to historic huts and science stations provide a fascinating glimpse into the past and the present. Zodiac cruising among the ice is a memorable activity with shapes and colours
that defy definition. Kayakers may range several miles from the ship seeking solitude and peace. The professional photographer will help with camera settings, image composition and the alluring light found in Antarctica.
Excursions could include Cierva Cove, Danco Island, or a cruise through the Errera Channel to visit the penguin rookeries at Cuverville Island. Wilhelmina Bay never disappoints and is another important location where the scientists hope to deploy their research tools. Neko Harbour is yet another highlight and offers an excellent hiking route providing stunning 360 degree views.
This is an important whale migration corridor and frequent sightings can be expected of humpbacks and even the fast-moving orca.

The adventure continues as we head north, with a possible visit to the flooded volcanic caldera at Deception Island. History is all around us
as we explore the old whaling station, with the rusted old boilers, aircraft hangar and dilapidated wooden structures. There are several other nearby landing sites to tempt us
including Half Moon Island, or the broad pebbly beach at Yankee Harbour, where we often encounter Weddell seals sunning themselves. This is a great spot for a hike or a Zodiac cruise. In the evening, we navigate through the McFarlane Strait and into the Drake Passage, charting a course for South America.

As we make our way back to Ushuaia, the presentations continue and we enjoy an entertaining and memorable voyage recap by our Expedition Leader. Join our photography experts in the multimedia room and download and back up your precious images. If weather conditions allow, we hope to make a rounding of Cape Horn. This fabled stretch of water is home to legendary tales of exploration and early navigation. It’s a fitting place to reflect on a wonderful expedition. Approaching the entrance to the Beagle Channel in early evening light, we enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship.

It is time to say farewell as you are taken to the airport for your flights to Buenos Aires, and beyond.

Pricing and Inclusions
Prices

    AUD price per person – includes flights

    SHARE TWINGLE SINGLE
    TRIPLE $13,900 $14,350 $19,736
    TWIN SEMI $16,497 $16,974 $23,632
    TWIN PRIVATE $17,796 $18,246 $25,580
    SUPERIOR $18,984 $19,545 $27,518
    SHACKLETON $20,280 $20,842 $37,858

    Kayaking is USD795 pp extra
    Triple is single hotel and triple on ship.
    Twingle is single hotel and twin share on ship
    Other cities and business class available
    Extensions available in South America

Your Tour Leader

    Ady Adoncello, Australia’s leading seal expert
    Ady is Australia’s leading seal expert, with a passion for the marine environment and sustainability.
    Ady has over 30 years’ experience working with and studying seals, including leopard seals, one of the few people in the world to have done so, and she has also cared for and worked with penguins. There are 85 million seals that call Antarctica home, and Ady will bring unri- valled knowledge and understanding of these of them, from the beautiful, doe eyed Weddell seal, through to the sleek, opportunistic and lethal, Leopard seal. Ady will present talks, hold discussions, and assist in field walks with seal identification and behaviour interpretation.
    Ady has travelled to Antarctica several times, both as an excited passenger, and a guest expert, this time she will be your Tour Leader, giving you unprecendented access

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