OUR FIRST CRUISE EVER! Meeting OFWs in the Arctic! | Karen Davila Ep60
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cruised for vacation and this summer, two years after the pandemic, I wanted to surprise my husband's kids, so I wanted to go somewhere where we can discover something new about cruising, okay, Sure, over here I'm so excited. Hello, oh my god, Svalbard has 60 percent ice and only 10 percent vegetation, but there are more polar bears than people. Look at the campaign so bacon town was an old whaling station and you say there are a lot of walruses here. Let's see a polar bear spotted, but let's see if we're lucky.
These guys come to the beach to digest, they eat 5,000 oysters a day and what they're doing right now is sleeping, farting and burping and we'll be able to smell it very soon, which is a lifetime experience. The walrus can be a bit shy so we need to approach in a nice formation group so we stick together and keep the voices nice and low we approach nice and calm so we don't startle them so why are there only male walruses in this area , the male walruses like to get together and share their warmth when they take many of the females out there in the far northeast of Svalbard An island called Nordhaus has landed and they have a little more privacy by getting in the water that way.
They know they are easily startled. So when they start rushing into the water they really get crushed Yes and that's our room. I love it. Look at this waking up like this because it's the summer months we're experiencing in the
Arctic Circle, the so-called midnight sun, and how are you? enjoy it yeah its so much fun so much fun oh they have morning rabbits do you know they n
ever experienced darkness here they call it the midnight sun its kinda cool yeah the sun n
ever goes down . I understand how do you sleep, that's why you have to close the windows, it's critical, so it's 6:30 in the morning.
This is the panorama deck. Let's see how it looks. You can have coffee here look at you can see snowy eyes over there so wow so literally I woke up like that. That's the edge of the
arctic park with a zodiac and that's the edge of the north pole Ice, the glaciers floating around, cool, but we're going to go near the pack ice The wave activity here at the edge of the pack ice, that's going to be looser floating ice so that's the ice brush and we're going close to the pack ice is that right we're staying here because you can see how fast it's pouring in and that can really limit my ability to be abl we have to deal with this zodiac out of the way, and over the last few decades we've seen it get a lot, uh, a lot smaller.
Now it looks really desolate like there isn't much up here in fact there is a lot of wildlife that manages to live and there is up here, wow we have a lot of birds out here. Sometimes the birds help us like the polar bears when they find a seal they just eat the blubber, that's what really interests them the most, that's only nine degrees They know we learned about climate change in school. I mean like most schools teach about climate change we usually learn it in 3rd or 5th grade and it's usually a topic that we tend to forget but going to the
arctic really caught my eye climate change good mainly because we could see the glaciers in the eyes but we can see them melting and breaking so it really opened my eyes and views on climate change before at least thirty percent of the world used to be ice or Glaciers were covered but now it's d reeled in uh easy ten percent, right, you can't enroll in the zodiac so the zodiac is like a tugboat alumni and we go to different areas.
Good evening one of the real seals they have the inner ears and the inner genitals so they can be distinguished from the eared seal something like a sea lion these have really small tyrannosaurus rex arms the front fins which on land not too much will be useful, good for swimming, but unlike fur seals and sea lions that can get it around on land on their front flippers, so Monaco Green is where the glaciers are, there's the Monaco Glacier and the celebration what are Glaciers actually, they're massive, massive rocks made up of ice, literally it's snow that's been pressed together.
A big mess was created and glaciers formed over the years. The unique thing about glaciers is that glaciers move. So when we got on the zodiac it was such a different experience okay if it was I thought we saw something really important apparently Javi is the bartender so this is the
arctic bar that's like I would go on safari Foreign oh my god the Filipinos on Silver Sea are amazing. Look at this, this is Serena, she's a junior nurse, and look at this famous, um, with your bathing suit on deck three, deck three, we were embarked by zodiac, we're giving you the option, from the ship to jump in the freezing waters and hopefully bring you back so ladies and gentlemen remember that you also have to sign your waivers right so wait how cold was it it's really freezing water it was really freezing water but then you get up and it's ok as soon as you come out so stand right right here just here lucas ok oh lu cas how do you feel lucas has the
arctic blonde it has someone filipinos lucas lucas here with finno there is another one lucas will be doing another one more lunch im so impressed two what ok well the
first time was one next thanks good morning its our last morning lucas david good morning good morning we are ready for the belugawa le now whaling was a practice local we had two ladies could spend the winter here and do a lot of civic science too often in polar history thats always talked about the men but they were keen to prove to the young girls out there that they could so spent they winter here they had 53 polar bear encounters incl. the
first day they lined up 53 where did you see them um so When a curious bear shows up and smells some of the unfamiliar scents inside because we know polar bears really do have a strong sense of smell they might show up and we don't want to hurt the bear we want to let them know that this is not the place to get your meal for the day.
Thank you, thank you for being here. I'm really touched. I really appreciate that because you don't have to be here, and yet you chose to be here, so please don't think that goes unnoticed. I'm really grateful really thanks Frank Frank Baker oh actually okay okay Romeo I sent my sister to be a doctor and then my son is also a medtech and my niece is all professionals just if you just with patients work and just focus on your plans and don't make mistakes just work hard. Very good for keeping the job. Check out Frederick and the restaurant manager aaron the lord's majestic hat so that's what i love about trips like this is literally shopping but what you really invest in is experiences that make you appreciate life better