The Weddell Sea Expedition celebrates all the women on their team while doing vital research in one of the harshest & remote places on the planet, the Weddell Sea, Antarctica
The Weddell Sea, Antarctic – The Weddell Sea Expedition is made up of world-renowned glaciologists, marine biologists and oceanographers who will use pioneering technology to study this remote region and its marine life, in a bid to gather vital information which will protect this wilderness for generations to come.
They have been celebrating all the incredible women on the team, many of whom are South African.
“These are the women of the Weddell Sea Expedition. We are proud of the large group of woman (scientists, engineers, doctor, film crew and off-shore management from SA and Europe) on this expedition!”
S. A. Agulhas II is registered in Cape Town and is managed by African Marine Solutions Ltd, with a fully South African crew, including experienced ice pilots. Another incredible South African part of the expedition is Marcel Du Plessis, a UCT postgraduate oceanography.
Tahlia Henry with a MSc in Physical Oceanography from Nelson Mandela University, Katherine Hutchinson is a PhD graduate from UCT and Dr Thomas Bornman is the manager of the Coastal Node of the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) as well as a research associate at the Nelson Mandela University, these are just some of the South African crew flying the flag during this expedition.
They are also out to track down the ‘Endurance’ which was Sir Ernest Shackleton’s expedition ship over a century ago. It was crushed by ice in the Weddell Sea and sank 3000 metres below the surface. The crew of 28 people escaped onto the ice and through sheer endurance, survived the harrowing expedition.
In addition, the Weddell Sea Expedition 2019 is working in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) to ensure that the expedition’s research and findings are shared as widely as possible to schools and students around the world.
Having so many South Africans onboard for this incredible expedition is very exciting! You can follow thier progress here.