Poseidon's Blog

The Search is On...

Posted by Steve Wellmeier on Nov 22, 2017 9:44:41 AM
 
Photograph the white penguin and the champagne will be on us!
 
After reports surfaced from Antarctica a few years ago when an expedition ship passenger photographed a chinstrap penguin with a rare genetic abnormality – isabellinism – our Sea Spirit expedition team has kept their collective eyes peeled for such a unique specimen.
 
Sometimes confused with albinism, which is an animal’s inability to produce melanin, isabellinism happens when normally black, grey or dark brown feathers appear greyish-yellow or pale brown. This condition isn’t restricted to a particular breed of bird; it has been noted in 12 of the 17 species of penguin, including the Adélie, gentoo and chinstrap in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.
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Topics: antarctic, penguins

A Front line View of the Falklands and South Georgia

Posted by Charles and Mary Love on Nov 17, 2017 4:30:28 PM

St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia © Charles and Mary Love

October 21 – November 7, 2017 

The stark polar lands grip the hearts of men who have lived on them in a manner hardly understood by people who’ve never got beyond the pale of civilization.”

—Explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton

After two days at sea from Puerto Madryn, Argentina, we make a morning landing to observe birds near a small settlement on Carcass Island in the Falklands. The number of species in the Falklands (over 200) is impressive. These islands, we’re told, have more striated caracaras, slender-beaked prions and pale-mantled sooty albatrosses than anywhere else in the world..

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Topics: antarctic, falkland islands, Southern Ocean, South Georgia

Traveling to the Arctic and Antarctic: The Seasons Make all the Difference!

Posted by Scott Wasserman on Oct 31, 2017 4:59:29 PM

Yes, there is summer in the polar regions!

Every day we get requests for our expeditions to the Arctic and the Antarctic. Passengers let us know how many people are in their party, which area of the polar regions they want to travel to, and the big question:
The dates they want to travel.
 
I’ll be the first to admit it. When I started working, learning, and traveling with Poseidon Expeditions, it never occurred to me that the polar regions
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Topics: Arctic, antarctic, expedition, penguins, Greenland

How IAATO protects the magnificence of Antarctica

Posted by Scott Wasserman on Aug 31, 2017 2:56:44 PM

Tourism to the seventh continent has expanded in popularity over the years, but the perception that there is little regulation of the industry has persisted. When larger cruise ships started to arrive and, specifically, after the sinking of the GAP Explorer in November 2007 (thankfully, everyone was safely evacuated) some commentators feared catastrophic accidents and the potential for environmental damage. 

Antarctica is governed by an international treaty that came into force in 1961 and which is now signed by more than 50 nations. While the treaty is very good at ensuring the continent is maintained as a natural reserve, and has the intention of preserving the last unspoiled continent

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Topics: antarctic, climate change

James Balog's evolving view on climate change

Posted by Scott Wasserman on Aug 28, 2017 4:50:15 PM
Imagine using dozens of time-lapse cameras placed in 16 glacial locations around the world, such as in Alaska, Greenland and the Antarctic. All to see if the landscape was changing and if climate change was living up to its reputation as the cause of this.   
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Topics: Arctic, antarctic, climate change

The Falkland Islands - Myth vs Reality

Posted by Scott Wasserman on May 5, 2017 3:21:44 PM

Surf’s up! Hard to believe, but that's the reaction from a thankfully small (and ill-informed) group of people when the the Falkland Islands are mentioned – "some tropical island" in the South Atlantic. But this beautiful group of islands isn't about beach culture, unless you're referring to penguins. There's plenty else to talk about, and we could go back to 1690 when English Captain John Strong made the first recorded visit… but that’s an article for another time.

 

 

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Topics: antarctic, expedition, falkland islands

Did you know humpback whales sing for their food?

Posted by Scott Wasserman on Apr 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Humpback whales sing for their food. Who knew?

People worldwide have been captivated by the sound of humpback whales singing, and whether members of this species sing as a means of communication with each other or some other purpose. Our Greenland expedition cruise participants often ask this very question. Interestingly, scientists have recently discovered that an important purpose of the humpback whale's song is to help them locate their next meal.

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Topics: Arctic, antarctic, whales

4 of the Most Celebrated Antarctic Explorers: Do You Know Them?

Posted by Scott Wasserman on Mar 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Imagine steaming across thousands of miles of frigid, poorly charted waters, many of them made all the more dangerous by icebergs and sea ice. Imagine finally reaching land and then dealing with one of the driest, windiest and coldest places on earth. One completely void of indigenous peoples, man-made infrastructure or vegetation.

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Topics: Arctic, antarctic, expedition, North Pole

Come meet the gentoo penguin!

Posted by Scott Wasserman on Mar 14, 2017 2:51:19 PM

Although tropical destinations such as the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Tahiti typically rank high in a person’s mind for a getaway, approximately 30,000 travelers looking for a more adventurous destination reached the shores of Antarctica during the 2015-16 season. Rather than sandy beaches and palm trees, they were in search of remote landscapes, icebergs, and most of all, penguins. The latter's vast waddling populations are incredible to see, with the gentoo penguins outnumbering them all.

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Topics: antarctic, expedition, penguins

What do I really need to bring on an adventure cruise to Antarctica? - Poseidon Expeditions

Posted by Steve Wellmeier on Feb 20, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Poseidon Expeditions, like other tour operators that take you on adventure cruises to Antarctica, wants you to be comfortable during your trip. That’s easy aboard the ship where casual clothing is the norm in the lounge, dining room or lecture room. But adventure cruises to Antarctica require a bit of planning

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Topics: antarctic, expedition