Weddell Seals: Let's follow Dr. Michelle LaRue's expedition to Antarctica


Let’s follow dr. LaRue’s trip to Antarctica via her Twitter feed. She has reached Punta Arenas in Chile, and is waiting for better weather, to be able to fly down to King George Island.

Then I stopped at the grocery store (#AccioAntarctica)

— Michelle LaRue (@drmichellelarue) January 8, 2018


Well I never knew…

…truth be told, I’d never really thought about it. It’s fascinating what and how much I’ve learned over the years just being a nodder :smiley:

'…Here’s the new geographic South Pole marker for 2018 unveiled New Year’s Day, made by Martin Wolf @uw_icecube. Ice sheet moves approx 10m per yr over bedrock 2.7km below; a new marker made by a winter-over is placed each 1 Jan on a newly corrected position


In terms of Antarctica trips, a boomerang means that a group finally takes off to get to Antarctica, but because of bad weather the transport simply turns around and takes the group back to the starting point. (Then, they try again when weather forecasts clear.)

Dr LaRue stated the highest number of boomerangs in past trips is 12.

I was wondering if each of us would like to make some pure guesses about if this trip will have any boomerangs and how many times. You can look at wind websites and weather websites to help you… or, just guess.

I’m going to be very optimistic and guess 1 or 2 boomerangs. Next person?


I’m going to be really optimistic and say NONE
Here’s one forecast for King George Island where she’s heading and there’s some live webcam links in there :wink:!explore/antarctica-an


Anyone “seen” Dr Michelle on her trip? is she still in limbo?




It isn’t including the pics… :frowning:


Yeah, I have no idea what’s happening; there haven’t been any tweets since Jan 11.


looks like she retweeted this on the 13th
"World’s biggest wildlife reserve planned for Antarctica in global campaign"


4 posts were split to a new topic: US McMurdo Station Antarctica


I know Michelle was heading for King George Island from Chile, but is she actually going on to McMurdo station :thinking:


Yeah, I know. Last I checked, she’s not tweeted about the next leg.

I split out McMurdo because my questions about the cross took this thread into info about the loss of explorers there in the 1900s. :frowning: Interesting to me, but I thought the answers to my questions were not exactly upbeat for rooting on Dr Michelle’s journey. :frowning: :frowning: