Press Release: Sea women depart for the Arctic on an ocean change expedition Date: July 14, 2014
The 2014‐2016 Sedna Epic Expedition departs Nain on Monday, July 14, to commence a multi-faceted and ambitious arctic expedition, which combines scientific ocean research and educational outreach to Inuit communities with a special focus on empowering women and girls.
The Sedna Epic Expedition involves extreme physical challenges associated with snorkeling— with the aid of dry suits and diver propulsion vehicles—in arctic waters with pack ice and icebergs.
The multi-talented Team Sedna includes ten female scientists, dive professionals, explorers and underwater movie-makers from Canada, the United States, Mexico and New Zealand. Team Sedna also includes a two‐man above‐water TV crew.
In 2016, Team Sedna will snorkel the Northwest Passage from Pond Inlet, Nunavut, to Inuvik, Northwest Territories, scouting, documenting and recording disappearing sea ice in the Arctic. But, before tackling this epic snorkel relay, the sea women will conduct a proof-¬‐of-¬‐ concept expedition in July 2014. Weather and ice conditions depending, they’ll sail from Nain on a 116-¬‐foot vessel, the MV Cape Race, heading up the Labrador coast to southern Baffin Island, and, across the gnarly waters of the Davis Strait, to Western Greenland, concluding the expedition on July 27 in Ilulissat.
“This expedition has been three years in the making, and the time has come for Team Sedna to challenge itself, conducting snorkel sea trials in icy arctic waters,” said Susan R. Eaton, a Calgary-based geoscientist, journalist, and founder and leader of the 2014-2016 Sedna Epic Expedition. “We hope to be role models, inspiring women and girls around the world to follow their dreams, no matter how out-of-the‐box they may be.”
On July 12 and 13, Team Sedna delivered a free educational outreach program at the community wharf in Nain, using mobile touch tank aquariums to demonstrate local sea creatures and raise awareness about ocean conservation. Team Sedna’s submersible pilot demonstrated her underwater robot, facilitating a hands-on educational experience targeting children, girls, youth and the aboriginal population.
“The Sedna Epic Expedition came at a good time,” said Sean Lyall, an elected Nain ordinary member and speaker of the Nunatsiavut Assembly. “We’ve had a long cold winter and people get quite excited when new ships and new people come in.” Added Lyall, “It was great having you here.”
“Team Sedna is certainly very friendly, respectful and very informative,” added Lyall. “Speaking with the children and community, it was nice to see lots of happy, smiling faces.”
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