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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions resources page! Here you will find inspiration for your next adventure and information from your last adventure, produced by our field leaders, Seattle office staff, and contributing writers. From blog posts and field reports (daily recaps of a past expeditions with images) to photo galleries and videos, explore your world from our perspective.

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Antarctica cruises
January 24, 2020
Blog Post

A Tribute To Edward Bransfield and the Discovery of the Antarctic Continent 

Explorers today pride themselves on making their own trails, discovering hidden gems, and venturing off the beaten path. We are inspired by the explorers of old, those who sought to chart and map the mysteries of the world. Explorers like Irish ship’s master Edward Bransfield, whose legendary expedition discovered and first charted the mainland of Antarctica in 1820.

With...

South Georgia
February 13, 2018
Blog Post

Brent Stephenson is an ornithologist who spent years studying the breeding biology of Australasian gannets in New Zealand. He co-re-discovered the "extinct" New Zealand storm-petrel in 2003, and has traveled virtually everywhere, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, Australia, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, French Polynesia, China, the...

Ushuaia, Argentina
March 14, 2017
Field Report

Friday & Saturday, January 6 & 7, 2017 - Ushuaia, Argentina / Beagle Channel / Embark Ocean Diamond

Ushuaia, ‘Fin del Mundo,’ at the southernmost tip of Argentina was where we gathered for the start of our Antarctic adventure, and after a night’s rest, we set out on various excursions to explore the neighborhood of the end of the world.

The keen birders were the first away, on their mission...

South Georgia Pipit, Prion Island
May 13, 2016
Video

The South Georgia Heritage Trust has done some incredible work for the island, including eradicating ALL rats from South Georgia. Doing so brought back the population of the South Georgia pipit, once very near extinction. Watch as ornithologist Jim Wilson tells you more about the project - and listen to a pipit sing!

Please note, the footage in this video was taken on both Prion Island and Elsehul Bay; Prion was one of the few rat-free islands of South Georgia, while...

Cruising the Antarctic Sound
May 3, 2018
Blog Post

<p><span style="line-height: 1.5em; background-color: transparent;">When it comes to dream destinations, the driest, windiest, and coldest place on Earth may not immediately come to mind. Yet for many modern-day explorers, Antarctica ranks high on their trip-of-a-lifetime lists. To be sure, expeditions to the Great White Continent are hotter than ever, with Zegrahm's expert field leaders naming it among their top five spots for adventure in 2016 (see blog post,...

Photography in Antarctica
May 12, 2016
Blog Post

Michael Moore has been working with us for nearly a decade; he earned both his BS in biology and an MS degree in ecology, ethology, and evolution at the University of Illinois. As an expedition leader, Mike has led travelers everywhere from the equatorial forests of New Guinea to the Great White Continent of Antarctica, and many places in between. We recently caught...

Southern Elephant Seals
May 12, 2016
Video

Please note, this video contains graphic footage; sensitive viewers may find some scenes disturbing. 

On our recent expedition to South Georgia, we were kayaking in Gold Harbour when we came across an extraordinary sight - a battle between two elephant seals! To quote naturalist Kevin Clement, this was truly a clash of titans. Kevin, along with naturalist Conrad Field and marine biologist Rick Price, describe the politics of the battle, as well as how truly rare it...

Grytviken, South Georgia
May 11, 2016
Video

Long-time Zegrahm leader, naturalist, and historian, Ingrid Nixon, is an incredible story-teller. She has traveled with us to Antarctica several times, and has regaled us with stories of early exploration. Along with historian David Wilson, watch as they share the story of Ernest Shackleton and his voyage to South Georgia.

 

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Ingrid Nixon, Historian: To be here in a place where Shackleton spent time, and then now his...

Black-Browed Albatross
May 10, 2016
Video

On our recent expedition to South Georgia, we observed majestic albatross, soaring very near to us both on the ship and on land. When we stopped at Elsehul, we were able to explore the nesting sites of both light-mantled sooty and gray-headed albatross. Watch as Jim Wilson, ornithologist and long-time Zegrahm leader, describes these enigmatic creatures.  

 

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You know it’s just an amazing privilege, and you know for some of them, they’ve never seen an...

Stanley, Falkland Islands
May 4, 2016
Blog Post

Friday & Saturday, March 11 & 12, 2016 - Santiago, Chile / Stanley, Falkland Islands / Embark Sea Adventurer: Coming from all parts of the world, we gathered tonight in Santiago to begin our journey together. Over pre-dinner cocktails, we had quick staff introductions before heading to dinner. Based on the level of chatter, it seemed obvious that this group of strangers would soon be friends, partners in a grand...

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