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Circumnavigating Newfoundland

January 10 2018

THE GOAL: Joining an Adventure Canada/Explorers Club expedition around Newfoundland examining the magnificent geologic, cultural, biological and conservation issues interwoven here. I hope to bring an OpenROV to explore the underwater landscape around the island with a look under the waves our ship will ride over.

January 10 2018


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Expedition Background

I hope to join Adventure Canada and The Explorers Club on an October expedition circumnavigating Newfoundland onboard the Ocean Endeavor. The adventure will begin and end in St. Johns and travel along the historic and rugged coastline. I plan to explore the underwater landscapes of this unique island using an OpenROV from Zodiacs (inflatable boats), pier-side, and perhaps even from the ship! Dive sites are not yet decided, but near the top of the list has to be the remarkable geology of Gros Morne National Park. The expedition will also have an extensive land-based exploration component. Sites along the Newfoundland coast will include Red Bay’s Basque Whaling Station (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), learning about Viking history in North America at L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, and enjoy a taste of the Mi’kmaq culture in Miawpukek First Nation (Conne River).

I look forward to experimenting with the types of storytelling I can add to an expedition by opening up a window to the undersea world. For this adventure, I'll be leaning on my extensive background in telling adventure stories honed working on Exploration Vessel Nautilus, the world's largest passenger submarine, and as North America's Rolex scholar.

The decision if I have a spot onboard will be made by late March. Cross your fingers! I would love to share this adventure with all of the OpenExplorer community! [Image by the Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism Board]