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Give the gift of scientific education onboard One Ocean Expeditions’ Antarctic cruises

December 13, 2016 Cruise No Comments Email Email

Canadianpolar cruise specialist, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE) elevates the expedition cruise travel experience well beyond tourism by enhancing its programs with innovative scientific educational and exploration opportunities in the Antarctic.  OOE’s 2017 Antarctic season voyages have a strong emphasis on science and education and include an impressive roster of world leading marine biologists, scientists and experienced staff.

The ‘Antarctic Peninsula Adventure’ (Feb 15-25 and Feb 25-March 7, 2017) and ‘Marine Mammals of Antarctica’ (March 17-27, 2017) call like-minded travellers and wildlife enthusiasts to travel alongside world leading marine biologists.  Each voyage offers a wide range of activities and excursions that provide an in-depth and enhanced knowledge of the environment and the abundant wildlife they encounter. Minke, humpback and orca whales, as well as leopard and Weddell seals amongst other species can be seen in great numbers at that time of the year.

Internationally acknowledged marine mammal scientists join these voyages allowing guests to observe their fieldwork in close proximity.  OOE’s scientific team of cetacean experts includes leading researcher, Ari S Friedlaender, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Fisheries & Wildlife Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University.  Dr. Friedlaender will share cutting-edge scientific research results vividly 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 underlying 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 allow both scientists and passengers to share the amazing lives of whales in Antarctica”, states Dr. Friedlaender.

In addition to the scientific research viewing opportunities OOE’s expedition cruises offer a wide diversity of excursions and activities on and off the vessel such as, hiking, sea kayaking and daily zodiac excursions that carry a special GoPro Underwater Viewing Apparatus technology and hydrophones that provide unparalleled live underwater viewing opportunities.  Evening seminars and workshops lead by expert marine biologists, geologists, historians and guests photographers also take place daily.

The 10-night Antarctic Peninsula voyages depart from Ushuaia, Argentina, February 15th and 25th, 2017.   Cost starts at US$8,795 per person for a triple share.  The 10-night Marine Mammals of Antarctica voyage departs from Ushuaia, March 17th, 2017.  Cost for triple share starts at US$7,795 per person.  Included are transfers, shipboard accommodation, all meals on board, daily excursions, activities, workshops and use of OOE’s comprehensive foul weather gear kit.

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