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Antarctica Expedition - Jan 2014

Teaming up with One Ocean Expeditions and The Weather Network

One Ocean Expeditions

The Weather Network

Antarctica Map
I love Antarctica, it is one of my favorite places on Earth, so it was a special treat to be able to go back there and film new material for the "Unearthed" TV series. Mark Robinson and I travelled to the Arctic with One Ocean Expeditions in August 2013, and for this trip, we actually climbed on boar the same ship, the Akademik Ioffe for the Antarctic journey. We departed from Ushuaia, Argentina and crossed the Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula.

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One of the expedition Zodiacs, framed in an iceberg arch.
Ice, glaciers & mountains.
A small lagoon inside an iceberg.

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Hanging out on a chunk of floating ice in the Southern Ocean.
A leopard seal, lounging on some sea ice.
Adelie penguin.

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An itchy Adelie penguin.
Amazing Antarctic landscape.
Another leopard seal. These predatory seals often eat penguins, and have been know to attack scuba divers.

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Majestic iceberg.
Window in the ice.
Abstract ice sculptures.

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Gentoo penguin & our ship, the Akademik Ioffe.
One of many penguin colonies we witnessed.
Feeding time for the newborn Gentoo penguin chicks.

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"Hoverpenguin"
OK, more of a hop, than a hover, but I'm sure they wished they could fly.
Gentoo penguins defend their chicks from a Skua, attacking from above. They frequently feed on newborn penguins.

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Dramatic glacier face. there are countless glaciers everywhere.
A private yacht in the quiet, desolate expanse of Antarctica.
Brown Station, an Argentinean research base, sits beside a huge glacier on Paradise harbor.

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This was my 3rd trip to Antarctica, and it is one of my favorite places.
An amazing set of ice caves at the edge of a glacier. It would've been too dangerous to go inside to see if they were connected.
A precarious chunk of ice teeters near one of the Zodiaks. I don't think it was as close to them as it looks.

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My favorite ice cave of the trip.
Lots of pieces of ice that have broken off from the glacial face. That ice cave was so tempting to explore, but too dangerous.
More stunning icebergs with windows through them. They make for awesome photo opportunities.

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The Akademik Ioffe, in front of a mighty Antarctic glacier.
Skua approaching a group of penguins, hunting for stray chicks.
The Skua drops in for the attack, but it was unsuccessful this time.

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Sleepy seal.
Antarctica selfie.
Gentoo Penguin, rocks, & icebergs.

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Glacier calving.
Amazing, scalloped ice sculptures along the side of a iceberg.
Chinstrap penguin feeding time. The chick would be only a few weeks old.

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Chinstrap penguin, nesting high up on the side of a cliff.
Penguins on ice.
Floating past the ship on a piece of ice. They eventually picked me up and brought me back to the ship.

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Sunset icebergs.
One of the few sunny days we had, making the landscape even more dramatic.
A Humpback whale, raising its fluke out of the water, at the beginning of a dive.

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A very blue iceberg in the Southern Ocean.
Waves crashing against the side of an iceberg.
Pastel sunset.

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A very noisy chinstrap penguin.
Chinstrap penguin chicks, fighting for their yummy regurgitated dinner.
A pile of elephant seals on a beach in the South Shetland Islands. Smelly & noisy, but fascinating to watch.

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Elephant seals fighting over beach space.
A penguin strolls past the group of elephant seals.
The penguin chicks grow rapidly, and always seem to be hungry.

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An Albatross, following the ship.
Waves crashing on an iceberg.
An Orca (killer whale), surfacing amongst the icebergs.

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Dark skies and ice.

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