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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions Blog! 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. You may filter this content by geographic region, by typeincluding blog post, field report (a daily recap of a past expedition with images), photo gallery, or video—or by topic. Explore your world, from our perspective.

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Isla Coiba, Panama
March 23, 2017
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Snorkeling the protected waters around Isla Coiba, one encounters colorful parrotfish, red squirrelfish, and yellow pufferfish, along with grouper, rays, and three species of turtle. Located about 15 miles off the southern coast of Panama, Central America’s largest island is encircled by 335 acres of vibrant coral reef, the second largest in the Eastern Pacific. A new species of coral, Pacifigorgia marviva,...

South Georgia
March 22, 2017
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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 Americas, and Africa...

Camiguin Island
March 21, 2017
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The Best Ways to Communicate While Traveling

Communicating when you’re traveling abroad can be quite a hassle. It seems like the further we get from our home country, the more complicated—and expensive!—calling internationally becomes.

There’s an overwhelming array of ways to make calls, get online, and keep in touch with your loved ones back home; here’s a look at some of our favorite simple solutions for calling internationally while traveling...

The Snares, New Zealand
March 15, 2017
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Motion sickness in general, and seasickness more specifically, are the bane of many intrepid explorers; both can strike even the most seasoned travelers! When you’re in the depths of it, seasickness can seem particularly interminable, and possibly ruin your whole trip. And though there are many seasickness remedies on the market, their effectiveness seems to vary from person to person.

Seasickness has nothing to do with you, and everything to do with being on the...

Adelies in Antarctica
March 14, 2017
Blog Post

Known as “the great white desert,” Antarctica doesn’t provide the most hospitable environment for life forms to survive in; Antarctic animals have to adapt to extreme dryness, high exposure, and bitterly cold temperatures. But that just makes the few extremophile species who do thrive there all the more impressive!

Despite the rising temperatures caused by climate change,...

Sahara Desert
March 9, 2017
Blog Post

Staring out across the vast sand dunes that lie beyond Dakhla, it seems inconceivable that the Sahara Desert was once lush with vegetation. Yet according to reports published in Science magazine and other leading scientific journals, a period of heavy monsoon rains that fell some 10,500 years ago turned the 3.8 million-square-mile Sahara into a semi-arid region that supported flora, fauna, and even human life.

Computer simulations of the Earth’s...

Polar Bear
March 6, 2017
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Where will your travel dreams take you in 2018? Here are just a few once-in-a-lifetime experiences Zegrahm can help you check off your bucket list next year.

 

Walk on the White Continent

Only .2 percent of Americans ever set foot on Antarctica—and even fewer will venture to the extreme southern latitudes explored on our ...

Exploring South Georgia
March 6, 2017
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When most people think about the history of global adventure, it’s generally males whose names come to mind. Marco Polo, Ernest Shackleton, Sir Edmund Hillary, and Teddy Roosevelt are all icons, and rightly should be. But what about the female explorers and conservationists who defied archaic cultural mores and boldly dared to go where no women had gone before?

March is Women’s History Month, and March 8 is...

Polynesia
February 28, 2017
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There are over 10,000 Polynesian islands in the central and southern Pacific Ocean. The region is generally defined by a triangle stretching from Hawaii in the north, to Easter Island in the east and New Zealand in the west. The main groups of Polynesian islands include the Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, and various others.

In addition to their geographical location, these islands are tied together by their similar languages, cultures, and belief...

Tahiti, French Polynesia
February 28, 2017
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Polynesia draws visitors with the promise of its dazzling beaches, coral coves brimming with tropical fish, rich Tongan heritage, and warm hospitality. Whether you are walking in Gauguin’s footsteps on Tahiti, exploring the underwater world while diving exquisite reefs, or simply getting away from it all beneath a warm South Pacific sun, these books will enrich your journey to the South Sea Islands.

The Happy...

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