Explorers Club Flag #81 at 68 degrees North
As many people know, I set strange goals for myself. One was to set foot on the seven continents before I was 25, I did this…Well going below the Antarctic Circle and above the Arctic Circle before I am 30 is another of these goals. With passing the Arctic Circle this evening at 10:43, I have accomplished this goal! Needless to say, I am very excited so I took a picture next to the map with the location.
We are now above the Arctic Circle just west of the Voering Plateau…Still steaming…
After a bit of time on land, it is time for Gaelin and Global Ocean Exploration to head back out to sea. We will be embarking on the R/V Celtic Explorer departing from Killybegs, Ireland and heading north into the Norwegian Sea. Gaelin is honored to be carrying the Explorers Club Flag #81 on this expedition.
The purpose of the voyage is to track Atlantic Salmon Migration at Sea. The scientists I will be working with have completed a comprehensive genetic map of the rivers of Northern Europe and now are taking their sampling out into the ocean where they will collect specimens in order to add the ocean migrations into this map. Understanding where the Atlantic Salmon go once they leave the rivers is of vital importance to creating conservation strategies for this fish prized for food and sport fishing.
Currently, I am finishing my preparations to fly out to Ireland this evening where I will visit the Marine Institute, get some final safety certifications and then head out to sea on Tuesday. Stay tuned to the blog for updates about the voyage and the science, and lots of pictures!
Map of Voyage