After reading about Sir Earnest Shackleton’s legendary Endurance expedition, South Georgia, Antarctica and the dreaded Southern Ocean had acquired a mythical status in Joe’s imagination. Trips to these places are impossible, or enormously expensive. Through good fortune in 2013, Joe joined the expedition of Mark Carwardine, wildlife photographer and whale conservationist. In November this year they ventured to the Falklands, South Georgia, and the Antarctic Peninsula.
The wildlife and landscape here are unspoiled by human influence. Climate change and the pressure to hunt for resources (minerals, fossil fuels, krill and fish) means the region remains vulnerable. The ship-based tourism can have a positive effect for this area, as it inspires visitors to recognize the overwhelming beauty of these wilderness sanctuaries and advocate for their preservation for future generations.