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Polar Science and YOU

January, 2020 | Science & Education

Combining passenger tourism with meaningful scientific research creates an incredible opportunity for our guests from around the world. Since the launch of our ‘Citizen Science’ program in 2014,  our guests have been given the chance to engage with scientists through conversations and presentations. It has also allowed them to contribute to major research studies focused in Antarctica. How cool is that?

Since 2018, Polar Latitudes has partnered with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), offering the opportunity for their scientists to gather data and study the feeding habits of humpback whales. Developing this meaningful marine mammal science and conservation program raised some unique challenges for our Expedition Team, but we were happy to design a special itinerary around the WHOI program that would allow the scientists to successfully conduct their work. And what do you know? Our guests were thrilled to be a part of it all too!

The chance to experience awe-inspiring whale encounters could be one of the most unforgettable moments of your life. In the remote and untouched bays of Antarctica, a visit from a friendly whale in its natural habitat, while guided by our qualified staff, allows you to witness these incredible creatures within a safe distance.

WHOI researchers using non-invasive tagging on humpback whales under research permit numbers ACA2019-018, C2018-0020

Guests participating in a phytoplankton study for the FjordPhyto project from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography

With important work being done every day, the gathering of much-needed and critical data from these remote locations would be near impossible without our unique partnerships with nationally accredited scientific organizations like WHOI, NASA and Scripps Institute.

As a guest you can get a first-hand look at some of the incredible science being done. Interested in the microbiology of phytoplankton? Sign up! Want to learn more about microplastics? No problem! Interested in learning how they count penguins? Go for it! Participate in as much or as little as you like, it’s entirely up to you. Programming changes depending on itinerary, but it’s easy to inquire what’s happening on your voyage once you are on board.

The more time you spend engaging and learning from these incredible experts, the more Antarctica will become ingrained in your heart.

Interested in being a part of the Polar Science movement?  Citizen Science projects are available free of charge to all guests on all voyages.  Join us!