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What happens when it starts snowing on the world’s driest continent?

Antarctic wildlife expert Dr. Rodolfo Werner is sailing the Southern Ocean with the world’s best photographers and filmmakers. They are on a mission to inspire the world to protect the Antarctic Peninsula. In his latest dispatch, Rodolfo comprehends the full impact of climate change on Antarctica’s krill, penguins, and seals. This blog is Rodolfo’s second dispatch from Antarctica. 

February 15th – Gerlach Strait

The weather is very humid. I started coming to Antarctica in January 2006, and I feel that the weather on the Antarctic Peninsula has become more humid in recent years. According to some studies, the increased precipitation, especially snow, blocks the sunlight from penetrating the sea ice. Less light intensity results in reduced growth of sea-ice algae (diatoms) under the ice. Fewer diatoms mean less food for krill. Fewer krill mean less food for penguins, whales, fish and seals. This relatively small change in the weather can have a tremendous impact on the ecosystem.

In the afternoon, we encountered approximately 50 humpback whales feeding in the waters of the Gerlach Strait. Capturing all the action was difficult. Jeff flew the drone and obtained incredible images from the air. And I saw something that I have never seen before – humpbacks producing a three line bubble curtain.…

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Diary of my journey to the Antarctic Peninsula

Together with some of the world’s best wildlife photographers and filmmakers, penguin expert Rodolfo Werner is on a mission to protect the vibrant waters around the Antarctic Peninsula. In this first dispatch from aboard the Hans Hansson, Rodolfo discovers the love of an elephant seal and walks in the footsteps of Antarctica’s intrepid explorers.…

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Share your love for Antarctica’s less popular creatures this Valentines

Valentine’s week is a great time to show your loved ones you care; a day to show the appreciation you feel but might not show or say the rest of the year. ASOC Executive Director Claire Christian points out that humans aren’t the only ones who need extra affection.

Antarctic animals, living far away in the Southern Ocean, are often forgotten.…

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Why CCAMLR Should Safeguard More Penguin Habitat in Antarctica

ADDING PROTECTED AREAS IN THE SOUTHERN OCEAN WOULD HELP NUMEROUS SPECIES, AND GLOBAL FISHERIES

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5 beautiful pics to celebrate Penguin Awareness Day

Today is Penguin Awareness Day, so we thought we would celebrate with five amazing snaps of penguin species that live on Antarctica and in its surrounding waters.

1. The humble Emperor. The largest of all penguins, the Emperor penguin is the only penguin species to breed on sea ice during Antarctica’s dark and frigid winter.…

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It’s not every day we receive a letter like this

It’s not every day that we receive government letters thanking us for bombarding them with a petition, but that’s exactly what happened last week. The UK Polar Regions Department sent us a letter with the royal seal. It reads:

We have received a number of e-mails generated by your website addressed to the Secretary of State, Minister Johnson, encouraging the UK to continue to advocate for the creation of a system of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean.…

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At a time of great global uncertainty, the agreement to protect Antarctica’s oceans is a glimmer of hope

One year from now on December 1st 2017, the Ross Sea, off the coast of Antarctica in the Southern Ocean, will be officially protected in the world’s first large-scale marine protected area in international waters. When the world seems increasingly divided and polarised, it is inspiring that major geopolitical players like the United States, Russia, China, the EU and twenty-one other countries joined together to agree by consensus to protect this special place.

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An insider’s analysis: How 24 countries and the EU finally agreed to protect the Ross Sea

By Lyn Goldsworthy

I went into the 2016 meeting of CCAMLR[1] without any expectations of achieving very much, let alone a marine protected area designation. The past three meetings had not been good, and there had been little indication prior to the meeting of movement from the one remaining antagonist to marine protected areas: Russia.…

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Thank you

BIG HIGH FIVE to all of you who helped secure protection of Antarctica’s Ross Sea. There have been so many people and organisations involved over the last six years, and we would like to say thank you.

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Major Victory for Protection of the Southern Ocean

Friday 28 October, Hobart, Australia: The Antarctic Ocean Alliance applauds the momentous agreement by Members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to safeguard 1.55 million km2 of the Ross Sea in the Southern Ocean.

“CCAMLR made history today by declaring the world’s largest marine protected area in the Ross Sea, protecting penguins, seals, whales and countless other creatures,” said Andrea Kavanagh, who directs The Pew Charitable Trusts Antarctic and Southern Ocean work.…

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