Writer and dedicated wOw community member Joan Larsen brings us to her “other home:” Antarctica
In the Ross Sea portion of Antarctica, the American McMurdo base has been clothed in darkness and ice for the six months of winter. Most of my trips here were onboard the Russian vessel Kapitan Klebniknov, able to break through 10 feet of ice in a single forward thrust. And so we were first in the spring to break open a lead that would allow supply ships to access the base itself. Spotting sea lions and penguins basking on the ice is common — but the above sighting of a closely-knit group of killer whales “sky-hopping” — or taking in enough air for up to one hour of swimming — was breathtaking. Our ship had given them enough open water to all come up for a breather at once, giving the passengers aboard a once-in-a-lifetime picture of these beautiful creatures. None of us will ever forget that magic moment.
Writer Joan Larsen has spent a lifetime exploring the most remote places on earth — but she has been drawn to the the polar regions of our world again and again. She has done research in these lands of ice, and considers Antarctica to be her “other home.”