Morgan Pettersson, a 23 year old from Western Australia and one
of thirty young people chosen from around the world became an
Antarctic Youth Ambassador and traveled on an expedition to
Antarctica in February 2013 with polar explorer Robert Swan.
Ecospecifier Global provided support for Morgan's
She has reported back to us:
Words can not express my gratitude for your support in helping
me to reach Antarctica.
I apologise for the lack of updates during the expedition as
there was limited internet on the ship whilst we were there.
I also made a personal decision after sailing down to the
Antarctic that I wanted to try and soak up the experience as much
as possible and chose to stand on deck and watch Antarctica and the
wildlife rather than sit in my cabin trying to connect to the
Your support helped me to reach my dream of becoming an
expedition member and I wanted to take every opportunity to have
the best experience possible that you helped me to have.
The experience of being in Antarctica changed me and what I saw
was the most untouched and rare place on earth, with blinding
whiteness interspersed with bright blue ice bergs and
black and white penguins.
We saw whales, orcas, seals and sea lions as well as Gentoo and
Chinstrap penguins (and also found out that penguins smell really
We were blessed with some of the best weather both with our
crossing of the Drake Passage and whilst in Antarctica.
Not one day did we have bad weather and the temperature normally
hovered around zero degrees.
On the way home across the Drake Passage we experienced the myth
of the 'drake lake', where the normally fearful and 10 metre high
waves were replaced with a still lake of an ocean.
One of the crew who has crossed the drake over 30 times said he
had never seen it like this before, and it was calm in fact that we
were able to play board games and socialise in the lounge instead
of being confined to our cabins due to sea sickness.
I learnt so much from this expedition not only about Antarctica
but about the environment and how we can help work towards
protecting it and it was so great to be able to meet the thirty
other young people from all around the world who are working on
some really great projects.
I wrote blog posts and recorded a video diary that I am still
posting onto my blog, so there will be updates where you can read
about the experience of being in Antarctica through my own eyes
over the next two weeks.
I am also posting photographs and anecdotes from the expedition
on my facebook page.
Thank you so much once again for your support,