Up Close Marine Mammal Expeditions

Visit orca, humpback and minke whales in their natural environment with expert whale guides.

Up-close marine mammal encounters are one of the most awe-inspiring experiences on this planet. A good time to visit whales is February and March, where there is a high amount of activity in Antarctica. In the remote and untouched bays of Antarctica, you are visiting those fascinating marine mammals in their natural environment. Excursions with One Ocean Expeditions’ highly qualified staff allow you to indulge into the Antarctic wilderness and witness the stunning social interactions of whales with each other and humans as they gently approach zodiacs and curiously investigate their surroundings.  Expect to see them as they breach, feed on krill and dive into the crisp Antarctic air.

One Ocean Expeditions is committed to environmental and economic sustainability. Together with guests, One Ocean Expeditions funds and assists ongoing scientific research of marine mammals aboard. We use the vessels as platforms to promote education, assist and fund scientific research, sustain ecosystems and support historical preservation.

During the 2016/2017 Antarctic season, we will continue to work on scientific research projects to better understand the behavior and population structure of humpback and minke whales. This information is necessary to determine growth rate and health of Antarctic whale populations. This year, we will be working with scientists from the Australian Antarctic Division, Stanford University, University of California at Santa Cruz and Oregon State University,” explains Ari Friedlaender, researcher in residence on the Marine Mammals of Antarctica departure from 17 – 27 March 2017.

Together with Ari Friedlaender and his team, guests participate in citizen science projects to make this trip unforgettable. Citizen Science has always played an essential role on board One Ocean Expeditions’ vessels for worldwide research projects. This important work ranges from collection of data for critical meteorological and oceanographic studies used at an international level, to the tracking of migrant whale populations for universities and science institutions.

15 – 25 February 2017 Antarctic Peninsula Adventure. Team: Ari Friedlaender, Mike Double and Elanor Bell
25 February – 07 March 2017 Antarctic Peninsula Adventure. Team: Mike Double, Elanor Bell and Alex Zerbini
17 – 27 March 2017 Marine Mammals of Antarctica. Team: Ari Friedlaender, Charles Littnan, Jeremy Goldbogen, Caroline Casey

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