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Sea Kayaking

Antarctica - Jan. 2009

  • In early January, 2009 I took my first voyage to Antarctica, the final continent for me to visit. The trip took us south from Ushuaia, Argentina, across the notorious Drake Passage which is known as some of the roughest seas in the world. The 3 day crossing was totally worth it once we spotted the incredible mountains, icebergs and glaciers of the frozen continent. I spent much of our stay there exploring the coastline by sea kayak, getting up close to icebergs and the assorted wildlife found there. Many thanks to One Ocean Expeditions.
  • Additional photos by Dominic Nardi.
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    Kayaking around incredible ice formations.

    A very curious, and potentially dangerous leopard seal.

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    Racing with the penguins... They won.

    A little too close to a leopard seal, time to back off. I was photographing it and the wind kept blowing my kayak closer.

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    We paid a visit to Vernadsky station, a Ukrainian research station.

    The scientists here played a critical role in the discovery of the thinning Antarctic ozone.

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    They also have a great sense of humor.

    Inside the base, along with all the research equipment, they have a bar where they drink homemade vodka and play pool. Women can donate a brassiere for a free drink!

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    I can't imagine a better place on Earth to kayak.

    Me, totally enjoying myself out on the water... Very cold water.

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    A humpback whale surfaced right beside our kayaks. I followed it and it swam directly underneath my kayak. It was scary but thrilling at the same time.

    On land at Neko Harbour on the Antarctic mainland.

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    We spent a night camping out on the snow. This was my campsite. It's not much but the scenery was fantastic. We even had penguins strolling past.

    Paddling through the ice.