Antarctica & the South Shetlands

Jan 09, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer


Today, we awoke on the National Geographic Explorer, in the waters of the Antarctic. As the ship continued her journey south, the momentum was building; towering icebergs peered through haze and horizon while humpback whales swam around us, feeding. In the afternoon, we arrived and made our first landfall at the South Shetland Islands. As the “sunset” approached, we held a toast with the captain. Then, we headed off again, this time towards Deception Island where we would end the day eager for the rest of our journey.

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Kayvon Malek

Undersea Specialist

In 2011 Kayvon’s life changed when he took his first breath underwater. After signing up for a SCUBA course on a whim while studying at the University of California, Santa Cruz he soon shifted his major and focus in life. He graduated in 2015 after studying Environmental Studies and Biology, focusing on marine conservation. By that time, he was an AAUS certified Scientific Diver aiding in field research, a NAUI Divemaster, and had begun working at the Monterey Bay Aquarium sharing the wonder of the ocean that captivated him four years prior.

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