Antarctic Oceans – we need your help NOW!!

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I am incredibly passionate about the Antarctic.

I’m also just a little bit of a ‘greenie’ 🙂

The oceans around the Antarctic are under threat and need your help. NOW.

Unfortunately illegal fishing, human intervention, tourism and global warming are affecting this pristine environment.

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Adelie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins, humpback whales, weddell and leopard seals all thrive in this pristine environment. I have seen all these beautiful creatures first hand, and believe me, we DON’T want their numbers diminishing.

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The Antarctic Ocean Alliance is an international coalition of leading environmental and conservation organisations that has identified over 40% of the Southern Ocean that needs protection.

Whilst progress has been made to protect Antarctica’s land mass, more needs to be done to protect the region’s incredible marine environment.

The Alliance has called for the establishment of the world’s largest network of Marine Protected Areas and no-take marine reserves to protect 19 key Antarctic marine habitats. (2012 – The Antarctic Ocean Alliance; “Antarctic Ocean Legacy – A Vision for Circumpolar Protection” ; 7/6/2013; http://antarcticocean.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/11241-AOA-Circumpolar-Report-FINAL.pdf)

Do you want to help? Please sign the petition at Antarctic Ocean Alliance and take a moment to watch the video below.

Eek! A Polar Plunge in the Southern Ocean – you’ve got to be kidding!!

Paradise Bay.The view from the back of the boat
Paradise Bay.
The view from the back of the boat

Everyone had a ball.... :)

I didn’t want to do it at first – in fact I actually hadn’t given it much thought at all…

The ship anchored in Paradise Bay and at that stage, I was happy to photograph everyone and soak up the atmosphere.

There were a few factors that changed my mind….

1. Everyone else was doing it – and I hate missing out on anything.. 🙂

2. There was great music playing and lots of support from the crew…

3. One of my wonderful new friends on the boat found me and said “Chris, why don’t you do it? This is a chance to cleanse your body of all your sins (really?) and wipe the slate clean…

Well what do you say to that? I quickly rushed back to my cabin – put my cossie on and hurried back to deck 3.

I didn’t even hesitate…I ran down the stairs, walked off the back of the ship into the zodiac…and dived in…

Me....Going, going, gone...
Me….
Going, going, gone…
Me again
Me again

Well – that day the Southern Ocean was a balmy 2 degrees…hmmmm

It was exhilarating.

and COLD.

The water was crystal clear and yes, it shocked my body…but it was truly, truly worth it and something I’ll never forget.

Life’s too short to go to The Antarctic and NOT jump into the Southern Ocean….

Thanks to John Rodsted for some of these awesome pics 🙂

Here are some of my other new buddies…..

Don’t forget to click on the pics to make them larger.

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More new friends
More new friends
Kellie & Mark..
Kellie & Mark..
Show off!!
Allan – Show off!!
Nick..The guy that finally convinced me.
Nick..The guy that finally convinced me.

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