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
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
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Bank to the left; bank to the right: Tethered to a diver propulsion vehicle, I flew through emerald-green arctic waters at six kilometres per hour, dodging sculpted ice formations off the northern coast of Labrador, Canada. 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.
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San Diego SEDNA gals ready to head to Norway. Gear check- complete! These ladies can't wait to meet their new awesome teammates! (Photo by Beth Besom, teammate for Norway 2020 who helped us design and build HVAL for whale research) ... See MoreSee Less
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Meet Aleqa Hammond, a woman of inspiration and former Prime Minister of Greenland! On Wednesday, November 20, Aleqa will join the Sedna Epic Expedition via video chat during our "Women of the Arctic" benefit luncheon.
The luncheon, which features four women speakers, is being organized and hosted by Sedna's dynamic Mary Gibbons. It will be held at The Woman's Club of Greenwich in Greenwich, Connecticut.
The first female prime minister of Greenland and a current member of the Parliament of Greenland, Aleqa will speak about the strength of Greenlandic women and their leadership roles in government and education. We can't wait to hear what she has to say! Thank you, Aleqa Hammond!
To purchase luncheon tickets, please contact Mary Gibbons! Proceeds will support running Sedna's inaugural women's leadership program in Tromso, Norway, November 23-26. If you can't attend the luncheon but would still like to support Sedna's sea women, please let Mary know. Her email is: email@example.comFolks!! Meet Aleqa Hammond!! This wonderful, powerful woman and former Prime Minister of Greenland will be joining me via video chat at my "Women of the Arctic" Sedna Epic Expedition benefit luncheon at The Woman's Club of Greenwich November 20th!! Aleqa will be educating us on the strength of Greenlandic women, their role in government, and education. Aleqa is the first female leader of Greenland!! I can't wait to hear what she has to say! Thank you, Aleqa Hammond! The Woman's Club of Greenwich ... 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.