Polar Cruise Specialist Launches Ultimate Marine Mammal Viewing Expedition
22 February 2016, London – A one-of-a-kind cruise programme involving live scientific research with world-renowned Marine Mammal scientists becomes a signature departure for Polar Cruise Specialist, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE). Plus, the launch of new GoPro apparatus provides unparalleled underwater viewing of marine mammals.
Five years in the making, the ultimate Marine Mammal viewing cruise calls intrepid travellers, photographers and wildlife enthusiasts to the Antarctic to join world-leading cetacean scientists and educators onboard OOE’s Marine Mammals voyage on 18-28 March 2016 and 17-27 March 2017.
Travelling in the Southern Ocean in March provides a perfect opportunity to experience close encounters with a profusion of wildlife that can be seen in this remote corner of the world. From the intimate seat on a zodiac, passengers can see pods of humpback, minke and orca whales and impressive numbers of seals congregating to feed on massive blooms of Antarctic krill, the keystone species of the Antarctic ecosystem.
Guests can also witness OOE’s team of expert marine biologists and scientists immersed in an innovative whale-tagging operation for data collection, studying feeding behaviour, dive profiles and migration patterns.
The Antarctic Peninsula region is explored during the voyage and the region is the focus of a long-term whale tagging research project that was initiated by Dr. Ari Friedlaender, researcher and professor at Oregon State University. His specialty lies in foraging ecology and effects of climate change on marine mammals and their behaviour relating to environmental variables.
Joining the scientific research team in March 2016 is Brian Keating, author, CBC’s radio host and a seasoned naturalist and environmentalist with decades of experience leading nature and wildlife-based expeditions in remote parts of the world.
Also onboard is Chad Nordstrom, research and environmental biologist from the Vancouver Aquarium with more than 15 years studying marine mammals with a special interest in their distribution in polar ecosystems and feeding behaviour.
“One Ocean Expeditions’ commitment towards scientific research is significant, so is our ability to provide in-depth educational opportunities to our guests. We just don’t cruise in the Antarctic for the sake of cruising, we like to support and contribute towards research work and educate our guests in the importance of nurturing our oceans and their habitats. Our expertise and the collective knowledge of OOE’s staff sets us apart from other operators”, says Andrew Prossin, Managing Director at One Ocean Expeditions.
The 10-night Marine Mammals in Antarctica voyage onboard the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, visits the Antarctic Peninsula, the Gerlache Strait and South Shetland Islands. This unique voyage departs March 18th 2016 and in 2017, on March 17th both from Ushuaia, Argentina. Prices start from US$7,495 per person based on triple share accommodation. Price includes accommodation, transfers, meals on board plus guides, daily excursions and educational activities.
For further information please visit OOE’s site: www.oneoceanexpeditions.com
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About One Ocean Expeditions
One Ocean Expeditions is a Canadian expedition vessel operator founded in 2007. The company operates two purpose-built ships, each with a high ice-class and carrying less than 98 guests. The vessels are specifically designed for polar exploration and combine modern comforts and superb amenities with first-class safety features. Offering a range of innovative expedition cruise itineraries in Antarctica, Spitsbergen and the Canadian Arctic, OOE has developed a reputation for exceptional quality, customer service and great value.