Alas we are coming to the end of our first adventure “The Antarctic Peninsula”, and I am wondering where to begin to summarise all the wonderful sights and experiences I have seen and had since arriving down here in early January.
The rugged mountainess regions, the ice, the snow, icebergs, glaciers, bergy bits, brash ice, clear water, murky water, seals, whales, penguins, birds, the good weather, the bad weather, sunsets, sunrises and so it goes on... read more
One would like to be a humungous sponge right now so I can absorb further all that I see, I smell, I hear, I sense and I feel.
The body is in overdrive trying to soak it all in, perhaps something like a pincushion, all the pins jabbing you with all the different amazing sights and encounters.
How does one take in such sensory overdrive and absorb it to its optimum, --believe me it’s quite exhausting but I love it. I know all the crew are feeling the same... read more
Moored to the George VI Ice Shelf, I sit on Sea master’s bow and look out across the vast plains of the White Desert.
As far as the eye can see, a smooth snowy/ice white landscape like the surface of another planet is dotted with perfectly sculptured formations and gleaming trapped ice castles, waiting for their release to the sea... read more
WHEN FINDING OUT SEAMASTER HAD BEEN ATTACKED AND PETER HAD BEEN KILLED
Being so remote on the Casiquiare and only having scheduled satellite telephone calls at certain times of the day, we did not learn about the incident and Peter's death until several hours after.
Myself, Marc, Janot and Lucho had just been away from Big Bongo "Seamaster II" investigating a lagoon in preparation for a dive. I remember thinking while there how much Peter would have loved it.
On return to Seamaster II, we were advised of the news. It was like a bad dream, our worst nightmare and soul destroying... read more
"To be able to visit the "pulse points" of the planet and report on what we see, on what we find, on what we learn through our adventures on this very special vessel of ours, Seamaster. Rather than reading about the most critical environmental areas of the world, we wanted to "see for ourselves" and form our own opinions." - Peter. 9th October, 2001.
Ollie also has some thoughts on this question... read more
The world's underwater sea beds have engrained resources such as oil hidden deep beneath the ocean floor. Drilling for this oil has become a widespread and incredibly profitable business for industries seeking to utilize this natural resource. A multitude of products humans use have been sourced from the crude oil found deep in our sea beds.
On April 20th, 2010, an explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig caused the largest ocean oil spill in history in the Gulf of Mexico. An estimated 50,000 barrels of oil escaped into the ocean every day for a total of 87 days until the leak was finally stopped.
The environmental damage for this type of incident is immeasurable and will continue to escalate for years to come. Wildlife and fishing communities depending on the Gulf of Mexico's nutrient rich waters have been heavily affected by the inundation of oil since the disastrous spill.
There are numerous offshore drilling rigs around the globe extracting oil from as deep as 1 mile beneath the ocean floor. The environmental consequences of incidental oil spills are monumental and bring into question the sustainability of this type of industry.