Adelie penguins are one of the most entertaining residents on the Antarctic Peninsula. Don't let their small size and monochromatic pallette fool you, they are easily the most expressive of the penguins. Unfortunately their numbers are taking a hit in this part of Antarctica and it's likely due to changes in sea ice duration and extent as they are true ice penguins and their fate is intimately linked to that of sea ice.
12 15202:13 AM Dec 9, 2017
There's beautiful scenery and then there is Antarctica. Nowhere else on Earth have I seen such an abundance of beauty and inspiration. Being at the right place at the right time does help. .
With @eyosexpeditions and @martinenckell
8 18574:42 AM Dec 8, 2017
It has been a remarkable trip so far here in Antarctica and I can't wait for a better connection to share some of our experiences with you. The season with @eyosexpeditions and @martinenckell is off to a marvelous start.
21 23452:23 PM Dec 6, 2017
Antarctica has never truly been settled by humans which makes it a place like no other. Since modern humans left East Africa our ancestors have radiated to every continent and island group except those frozen lands whose very existence were questioned until just a few hundred years ago. Until those first adventurous sealers ventured past the last known lands, Antarctica had been spared the heavy hand of human existence. Surrounded by an endless ocean, violent storms, and relentless seas, Antarctica was cloaked in a veil of secrecy and immune to human impact. Those were simpler times. .
#antarctica | @eyosexpeditions | #eyosexpeditions | #turningthetide
16 25421:37 AM Nov 29, 2017
Late nights and early mornings will be a common theme for the next few weeks. Scenes like these are what torment me while trying to get rest in Antarctica. You never know what the next bay or channel is hiding from prying eyes and scenes like these never get old.
24 24425:25 PM Nov 22, 2017
First quarter moonrise over Antarctica.
78 396511:19 PM Nov 20, 2017
Humpback whales make long migrations from their tropical socializing grounds to feast in the ultra-productive waters of Antarctica. Much like the whales, I too will head south on my annual migration to the ice, albeit I don't put on as much weight as they do.
9 20497:25 PM Nov 17, 2017
With only one week to go, I've entered full prep mode for the upcoming Antarctic season with EYOS Expeditions. It's going to be an exciting season with new folks to inspire and a whole bunch of new tools to capture the essence of this magical place. A big part of my time is spent managing last year's photos, thinking of new shots, and learning from my mistakes. This photo of Type A killer whales during a heavy snowfall was one of my favorite from last year and a benchmark for me to improve upon. .
11 19691:29 AM Nov 16, 2017
Jelly fest 2017 continues. The brown sea nettles and moon jellies continue to carpet parts of the Monterey Bay, capturing thousands of planktonic animals as they pulse through the cold water. Testing out a new Voigtlander lens has never been so fun. .
13 23097:32 PM Nov 14, 2017
About that sunset yesterday. A big moon means big tides, which exposed the seagrass beds all along the coast. These flowering plants (yes they have pollen) are important players in the intertidal ecosystem. Every time the tide goes out, exposing these plants, algae, and animals I am astounded that they can make a living in such an exposed place. How can something that appears so delicate withstand the onslaught of our winter storms and waves? It's humbling.
Cozy in a dry suit and enjoying the silence of my rebreather, I sat on the bottom as hundreds of brown sea nettles pulsed past me like a wave of animated gelatin. It was hypnotic and easy to lose track of time and space. These jellies show up in late summer as the plankton bloom peaks and continue to grow throughout the fall until the first big winter storm dashes most of them upon the shore and pulls the rest out to sea.
More pics in today's story
@sea_legacy | #turningthetide | #monterey | #jellyfish
41 31949:27 PM Nov 2, 2017
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