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Published on Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Hurtigruten partners with California Ocean Alliance for Antarctica research

Hurtigruten Expeditions is strengthening its partnership with research and conservation organization California Ocean Alliance (COA) to better understand and protect whales and other marine mammals in Antarctica.

A pilot trial was launched in late 2019 but was paused due to the pandemic.

As Hurtigruten Expedition's restarts the 2021/2022 Antarctica season, California Ocean Alliance scientists will be part of several Antarctica sailings onboard hybrid electric-powered expedition cruise ship, MS Roald Amundsen.

The team will collect acoustic data to study ambient noise conditions, the sounds that marine animals make, and the influence of human presence on the soundscape.

The research of how different whales behave near humans will allow Hurtigruten and also other cruise liners to adapt journeys to minimize interference with whales.

Guests have access to scientists onboard all Hurtigruten Expeditions cruises.

All Hurtigruten Expeditions ships feature a state-of-the-art science center, overseen by the cruise industry's only Chief Scientist, Dr Verena Meraldi.

Onboard Science Centers feature museum-style exhibits, and activity areas giving guests hands-on experiences to complement the lecture program.

"Ninety percent of the oceans remain unexplored. We are determined to change that by creating a deeper understanding of the areas we explore," said Hurtigruten Expeditions CEO Asta Lassesen

The team from California Ocean Alliance will work alongside Hurtigruten's expedition teams to provide educational opportunities for passengers through lectures, demonstrations, and real-time analysis of scientific data.

California Ocean Alliance's scientists will be onboard the MS Roald Amundsen sailings departing January 11, January 27, and February 12, 2022.


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