Together on a south-bound ship 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.
February 7th – Chilean Station Frei: I write from my cabin on the Hans Hansson. It’s a small ship, just 26 metres long. We are a crew of 15 people. Our team includes wildlife photographers and filmmakers, including Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier, and cutting edge drone operators and virtual reality specialists. Our mission is to highlight the need to protect my favourite place in the world – the Antarctic Peninsula.
My job? I’m the penguin and krill expert. Today I gave the crew a presentation about krill and the body responsible for the conservation of Antarctic waters and its marine life, CCAMLR. The crew were inspired and excited about their role in this global conservation project. Ultimately, we want to protect the Antarctic Peninsula as part of a network of marine protection areas around Antarctica.
February 8th – Penguin island: We made it to Penguin Island late during the day.…Continue reading »