Author Archives: Rory Welsh

Is it possible to wear every layer I own…

Today we awoke with a message from our Sea Ice Training staff notifying us that there will be an outdoor component to the course and we are to pack and wear our extreme cold weather (ECW) gear. In order to … Continue reading

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Our dive hut’s first pop in visitor

We had a visitor to our dive hut just before hitting the water today. A Weddell Seal!!! As soon as we  stepped into the hut and closed the door a Weddell Seal pup popped up in our dive hole for … Continue reading

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ICE DIVERS

Like most of my days thus far, today was another day of firsts. I: •    Took my first walk on the frozen ocean •    Took my first ride in a piston bully (snow tracker of sorts) •    Saw my first … Continue reading

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Ask A Scientist: Wildlife

From Tucker High School in Atlanta, Georgia: What kind of animals live in Antarctica? Do they live there year round? The only animals that live at McMurdo station year round (except for humans) are the Weddell Seals. They survive the … Continue reading

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Ask A Scientist: Food

From Tucker High School in Atlanta, Georgia What kind of food is available for the scientists to eat at McMurdo Station and where is it grown? We eat almost entirely food that is flown in or brought in by ship … Continue reading

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Crazy Weather, Cool Toys, and an Ice Helmet

Our first two full days in Antarctica have been amazing. It’s a whole new world down here. The sun and moon skirt across the horizon like they are circling us, instead of rising in the east and passing over head. … Continue reading

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Rory’s welcome to Antarctica

The night before our flight we received word that our departure time had been pushed back and we were not report until noon instead of our original 6:30am. Extra sleep is always nice. We were greeted with an introduction safety … Continue reading

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