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Swimming Among Pilot Whales in the Far North

national-geographicTeam Sedna’s Erika Bergman was featured in National Geographic’s “Stories from the Field”

THE WAY NORTH from Erika Bergman on Vimeo.

We are not yet in Greenland, nor are we near Canada. We’re right smack dab in the middle of Davis Strait. The water is nearly 9,000 feet deep and I’m suited up like an astronaut in a dry suit, though I’ll be surface bound for this journey.

I’m here with the Sedna Epic expedition, where ten women are snorkeling a relay from Canada to Greenland. Along the way, I will deploy the underwater robots, called OpenROVs, I’ve brought to explore and record the scene from underwater.

I spend a solid forty minutes face down in the icy blue Arctic water, mesmerized by the light rays dancing for a hundred feet below me. The only evidence of life is the band of small ctenophores (comb jellies) glistening as they float along. I imagine myself transiting long distances through the pelagic environment as one of the ocean’s great migratory beasts.

That’s when I encounter a real one.

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Source: National Geographic
Date: April 4, 2015

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