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The rookie returns - diary of a returning Quark expedition guide

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Part 1 ~ Embarkation

It’s good to be back!

In March 2013 I bid a sad farewell to Antarctica, the Ocean Diamond and newfound friends amongst my fellow expedition staff, with whom I had sailed to the Seventh Continent and back during the course of four expeditions in my first ‘rookie’ season as a Quark Expedition guide.

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Meet the Walrus: Not All Tusks and Whiskers

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They’re easily recognizable by their whiskers and large tusks, but there’s way more to the sociable walrus than just those distinctive features!

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Adopt a Polar Bear on International Polar Bear Day

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Climate change continues to reshape the Arctic, and with it, the habitats of its wildlife. This year on International Polar Bear Day, you'll have a variety of ways to show your support for our furry friends in the Far North. 

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How to Treat Gore-Tex for Polar Weather Wear

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Properly packing for the Polar Regions makes your adventure that much more enjoyable! We like our passengers to be prepared for any conditions they may encounter, whether cross-country skiing in Antarctica or touching down in a helicopter at the North Pole.

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What you Need to Know About Kayaking in the Polar Regions

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There’s nothing quite like climbing into a kayak and paddling the pristine waters around towering icebergs off the coast of Antarctica, or along the shore of a quaint Greenland fishing village. In fact, Greenland is the birthplace of the kayak and many of Quark's Arctic passengers are treated to a traditional kayaking demonstration in Sisimiut, on the Davis Strait.

Kayaking is an immensely popular Antarctic adventure for Quark passengers. We provide the equipment and training you'll need for a day on the water enjoying views of the landscape from your unique vantage point just atop the surface of clear waters in the extreme North or South.

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Quark’s Scientists in Residence Program

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Embarking on a polar expedition with Quark is as much fun as any other vacation. And, it can also be a fascinating, enriching learning experience. 

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Till Death Do Us Part? Animal Mating in Antarctica

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Antarctica is the most remote of the world’s seven continents, but that doesn’t mean its native inhabitants go without companionship. While wildlife are unlike humans and forgo a marriage or commitment ceremony, you may be surprised to learn on your Antarctic expedition that some animals do in fact stay together for the long haul!

 Photo Credit: Samantha Crimmin

Big birds, big commitment

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Spotlight on Beluga Whale Communication

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There’s something magical about beluga whales, and there’s so much to learn about these magnificent animals. 

Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge on Somerset Island in Nunavut is a world-class beluga observation site and is committed to furthering an understanding of the whales and their habitats.

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What to expect when you travel to Antarctica: An expedition diary

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25th January 2015

Ocean Diamond - Expedition Blog

Our first day in Antarctica, after a pleasant crossing of the Drake thanks to impeccable timing on the part of Captain Oleg having controlled our speed to avoid any trouble, was Barrientos.

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Living the dream: An Antarctic Explorer voyage with Quark Expeditions

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This blog post first appeared on http://www.discover-the-world.co.uk/. Penguin enthusiast (and Discover The World's Assistant Polar Product Manager) Gary travelled to Antarctica with Quark Expeditions in December 2014 to fulfil a lifelong ambition.

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