Discover the wilds of the Southern Hemisphere, from the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), to South Georgia Island, to the main continent of Antarctica, and witness stunning oceans, intensely blue ice, and prolific and unique wildlife. Although not for the faint of heart, cruising into the Antarctic is absolutely a trip of a lifetime.

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Conservation Corner

Worldwide treaties protect Antarctica, the last and largest unspoiled wilderness area on Earth. Unique conservation measures protect an equally unique ecosystem, while climate change is a major concern.

After many whale species were hunted to the brink of extinction, the International Whaling Commission established the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary (SOWS). This area covers the summer feeding grounds for an estimated 80 – 90% of the world’s whales. However, “research whaling” by Japanese fleets continues. The Antarctic and Southern Oceans Coalition (ASOC) advocates for the termination of all whale hunting.

Penguins are the most common bird in Antarctica and are often seen as the emblem of the continent. Yet they too face threats, most notably from climate change, over fishing, and potential oil spills.

Another bird that faces threats is the mighty Albatross. With the longest wingspan of any bird, Wandering Albatross may travel from South Georgia Island to seas off southern Brazil and Uruguay for regular fishing trips. The largest of 22 species of albatross, Wandering Albatross are threatened by long line fishing, especially for Patagonian Toothfish (Chilean Sea Bass). You can help save these birds and many other species by taking action and by carefully selecting the seafood you choose to cook or eat in restaurants.

Additional Antarctic Conservation Information
Cool Antarctica · International Whaling Commission · SOWS · ASOC · British Antarctic Survey · PEW Charitable Trusts