WINTER WHALES OF NORWAY, 2019-2020
At 69 degrees North, Tromsø lies some 350 kilometres above of the Arctic Circle and is Norway's gateway to the High Arctic.
Every winter, snorkelers and wildlife enthusiasts alike witness to one of the great wildlife spectacles on the planet—orcas and humpbacks congregating in northern Norwegian fjords to feed on vast schools of herring. The herring usually arrive in the northern fjords of Norway in early November. Hundreds of orcas congregate in the northern fjords, followed by humpbacks—and, this is what the excitement is all about…
Orcas and humpbacks follow the herring, creating bait balls as they hunt for food. Relying upon local experts and the science community, we stay in touch about the location of the whales, hoping to witness them while feeding on the fish.
Team Sedna will spend a week aboard the MV Freya, snorkelling with orcas and humpbacks during the winter herring run and undertaking scientific research which includes: the photographic, acoustic and genetic identification of orcas; ocean conditions (conductivity density and salinity); marine geology; micro-plastics and plankton analyses.
Our expert snorkel guides provided by our partner, Waterproof Cruises & Expeditions, will educate us about the orcas’ behavior, including describing how to snorkel with these whales in a safe and non-disturbing way. These experts will provide a ship-based educational lecture program about orca conservation and research and other interesting topics on local wildlife.
Daylight hours are short at the end of November, and we'll experience twilight during part of the day. At night, the aurora borealis will dance across the northern skies.
Women’s Leadership Program
Prior to embarking on our live-aboard expedition vessel, to snorkel with orcas and humpbacks, the Sedna Epic will run a 2 ½ day women’s leadership program in Tromsø to discuss the growing representation of women in exploration and STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine) careers. Sedna's Indigenous team members, including Saami from Scandinavia and Inuit from Greenland and Nunavut, Canada, will provide insights about the unique issues that Inuit women face in circumpolar countries.
During the leadership program we’ll connect with Sami women—much like we’ve connected with Inuit women and girls during Sedna’s expeditions—to better understand this part of the Arctic, its history, geography, and the culture and traditions of its Indigenous people.
The November 2019 expedition is a pilot for Sedna’s two back-to-back Women’s Leadership Programs and Winter Snorkel Expeditions to Tromsø in November 2020. We still have a few spots left in our 2020 expeditions, and are actively recruiting team members. If you’re interested in joining us, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter Whales of Norway
There’s no place Susan R. Eaton and the Sedna Epic team won’t go for answers to issues facing the planet.
In November 2019, Team Sedna collaborated with GARMIN Outdoor during the Sedna Epic’s ocean research and winter snorkel (with orcas!) expedition to Norway’s arctic fjords (70 degrees North latitude). The result was this spectacular short film. Enjoy! For more information on Susan R. Eaton, and to learn about the Sedna Epic’s mandate and philosophy, visit: Women of Adventure
Sedna's founder and leader Susan R. Eaton has been named to the Women Divers Hall of Fame's Class of 2020.
Brava! Sedna's founder and leader Susan R. Eaton has been named to the Women Divers Hall of Fame's Class of 2020! We'd like to congratulate Susan, a geoscientist, journalist and polar explorer, as well as the other five worthy recipients. The inauguration ceremony is on March 27 at the inauguration ceremony at Beneath The Sea in Secaucus New Jersey. Read more
Katujjiqatigit / Working Together: The all-female Sedna Epic Expedition brings a changing ocean to eye level for coastal Inuit communities
BANK TO THE LEFT, bank to the right. Tethered to diver propulsion vehicles, the women flew through emerald-green waters at six kilometres per hour, dodging sculpted ice formations off the northern coast of Labrador. They soon discovered that snorkelling in pack ice is a contact sport. After several star-inducing head bumps, the team’s dive physician determined that helmets would be standard gear for future expeditions. Read more
Since 2014, Sedna's sea women have recorded disappearing sea ice in the Arctic, bringing the ocean to eye level for more than 1,000 Inuit youth, girls & elders.
Happy #NunavutDay2020! The sea women @SednaEpic concluded their polar scuba diving & snorkeling expedition with an overflight of Frobisher Bay's coastline and glaciers, landing on a glacial outwash plain in a #TwinOtter equipped with #tundratires @arctickingdom @ExplorersClub
Happy #NunavutDay2020! Wishing our friends, alumni, team members, advisors & expedition partners from Nunavut a wonderful day! This photo of Team Sedna was captured during a polar diving & snorkelling outing in Frobisher Bay #Nunavut #Inuit #WomenoftheArctic #Arctic #NunavutDay
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We're celebrating #NunavutDay2020 with the première of a new Sedna Epic Expedition video!
"During the Sedna Epic dive and snorkel expedition to Greenland and Nunavut in August 2018, team members Alexia Galloway-Alainga and Kristen Maria Ungungai-Kownak discuss the significance—as young Inuit women—of making their first polar dive in their home territory, Nunavut, Canada. Videography by Sedna's incomparable Becky Kagan Schott. We thank our expedition partner, Adventure Canada, for their generous support."
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We love this photo of Team Sedna, taken during our August 2018 community-based ocean knowledge sharing and mobilization program in Pond Inlet (Mittimatalik in Inukitut), which is situated on the northeastern tip of Baffin Island, Nunavut.
Sedna's sea women ran an underwater robot-building workshop for youth on the beach. The kids learned how to design, build and fly underwater robots, bringing the ocean to eye level for this largely non-swimming community.
SANTI Diving PADI Adventure Canada Scuba 2000 Dive Brockville Adventure Centre & Abucs Scuba Charters Travel Nunavut Destination Nunavut Royal Canadian Geographical Society Canadian Geographic Canadian Geographic Education The Explorers Club #nunavut #baffinisland #arctic #womenofthearctic #seawomen #mentors #explorers #sednaepic #oceansToday is National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada!
We'd like to acknowledge the significant leadership roles that Inuit women have played in delivering the Sedna Epic Expedition's ocean mentorship programs in Nunavut and Greenland.
We love this photo of Team Sedna during our community-based ocean knowledge sharing and mobilization program on the beach in Pond Inlet (Mittimatalik in Inukitut), Nunavut. ... See MoreSee Less
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Who would be crazy enough to answer such a cryptic appeal, inspired by Sir Ernest Shackleton’s famous 1914 advert—in a London newspaper—recruiting men for a perilous Antarctic expedition? Channeling the same spirit of polar exploration one hundred years later, Susan R. Eaton, founder and leader of the 2014-2018 Sedna Epic Expedition, advertised for all-female crew in mid-2013. Ten female ocean explorers, aged 26 to 56, from Canada, the United States, Mexico and New Zealand answered this intriguing call to attempt a world record—a snorkel relay of the Northwest Passage—and to go ‘where no man has gone before.’ In parallel, Milos Simovic, the owner and captain of the MV Cape Race, a 116-foot side trawler converted to carry passengers, placed his own Shackleton-inspired advert for crew. In July 2014, Team Sedna will mount its proof-of-concept expedition to Labrador, Baffin Island and Greenland, aboard this Canadian-built vessel that’s used to plying arctic waters.