Journey to Antarktica: seals, penguins and glacial beauty

The trip began in Punta Arenas, the capital of Magallanes region, Chile. We had spent three days aboard the Arctic Sunrise, a Greenpeace ship docked in one of the city’s harbours, to test our equipment and conduct security drills. I was eager to get to Antarctica, writes Alexandre Meneghini.

Greenpeace, the global environmental group, organised the journey to raise awareness of, and support for, a European Union proposal to create the biggest protected area on Earth in Antarctica. The plan was to create a safe haven for marine life there from industrial fishing.

Penguins on Curverville Island
Penguins on Curverville Island. Alexandre Meneghini
A whale swims in Selvick Cove
A whale swims in Selvick Cove. Alexandre Meneghini
A krill fishing ship with unknown nationality in Half Moon Bay.
A krill fishing ship with unknown nationality in Half Moon Bay.Alexandre Meneghini
Waves break on Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise at the Drake Passage.
Waves break on Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise at the Drake Passage.Alexandre Meneghini
An iceberg floats in Selvick Cove.
An iceberg floats in Selvick Cove. Alexandre Meneghini
A Greenpeace boat sails in Andvord Bay.
A Greenpeace boat sails in Andvord Bay. Alexandre Meneghini
Penguins in Neko Harbour.
Penguins in Neko Harbour.Alexandre Meneghini
Seals on a beach in Half Moon Bay.
Seals on a beach in Half Moon Bay. Alexandre Meneghini

 

Source – widerimage.reuters.com

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