The Blog : Oceans

All We Need Is Love

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Neko Bay, Antarctica 64°50′ South 62°35′ West Love was in the air today. It was another breathtaking still day as we arrived in Neko Bay, so the team decided on a practice swim and ...

16 Dec 2016
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Bellingshausen Sea, 63°S 59°W

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Air temperature 4°C / 39°F, Water temperature 0°C / 32°F Duration of swim: 17 minutes 30 seconds There is an Inuit parable that tells of two wolves that battle inside each of us. One ...

13 Dec 2016
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Cape Horn, 56°South

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Yesterday I wrote about failure. Today we experienced it. And yes, there were lessons learned. Lesson one: avoid multiple mission objectives. That’s not always easy, when you find yourself in a spectacular part of ...

11 Dec 2016
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Sometimes ‘Crazy’ Gets the Job Done

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Two years ago when I launched a campaign to protect the Ross Sea in Antarctica, the Daily Telegraph called me crazy. “Pugh is like a detective that has been given 24 hours before he ...

28 Oct 2016
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Turning turtle on the illicit wildlife trade

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When I picture my father’s time in the South Pacific, I see turtles. In 1952 my father, a Royal Navy Surgeon, was present at Britain’s first atomic bomb test in the sea off western ...

2 Oct 2016
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The Three Most Important Questions

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The first step to achieving a goal is committing to it. Here are the three ways I identify a worthy challenge. This week a local conservation agency asked me to take on an issue ...

28 Jul 2016
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If we want to save Antarctica, we must build bridges

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Have you ever watched a bridge being built? It is fascinating. I lived on the Thames while the Millennium Bridge was under construction. The engineers didn’t start from one bank and progress towards the ...

8 Jul 2016
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You can be courageous or comfortable

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Life is not predictable. But exercising courage, and having the courage of your convictions, can help you weather the worst storms. I’ve been campaigning for Antarctica’s Ross Sea to be declared a Marine Protected ...

5 Jun 2016
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What would Nansen do?

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She is no conventional beauty. But she is the strongest little ship I’ve ever seen. I felt so alive, standing in Oslo’s Fram Museum, looking up at the famous polar vessel. It thrilled me ...

8 Aug 2015
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One Crucial Decision We Can’t Put on Ice

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The Ross Ice Shelf is the most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen. It rose straight up out of the Bay of Whales, the world’s southernmost body of water. Strong winds rushed over its cliffs, ...

13 May 2015
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