Here’s how well things went for our scientists:
Antarctica is full of familiar life doing really weird things. There is so much we still don’t know, and it’s so hard to get there and figure it out. Sailing the Drake passage, between South America and Western Antarctica, is famously rough but takes just a few days- short enough for tourist cruises. But New Zealand is as far from Antarctica as the Caribbean is from Africa. And the distance it takes to sail from Africa to Antarctica would take you more than 2/3 of the way from California to Japan. More people have been to space than have studied ocean life around East Antarctica. Pretty much everything is left to be discovered.
This trip has changed the way I look at ice and world geography. I’ve seen wildlife and landscapes that I expect I’ll never get to see again. But like any good science project, it’s really all about people. Most of my days end with some kind of yelling about how incredible the staff, crew, and scientists are that I’m sailing with. I cannot emphasize enough how much I mean it. This expedition has changed me because I’ve experienced it with these phenomenal humans.