All aboard the Navimag!

 Ready to embark on the Navimag. From L-R: Fernanda, Sebastián, Anita, Franco, Katie 

The infamously terrible weather in Golfo de Penas is not just a tale from the past. During its recent journey to Puerto Montt, the Eden ferry was delayed a full day because of high surf, encountering waves up to 7-9m! As our onboard guide said during a safety briefing, crossing the Golfo de Penas “No es una broma!” (Is not a joke!)

We were supposed to ship out last night at 10pm, and then today at 2pm. Now, we even are delayed six more hours. But this is Patagonia, which runs on its own time. 

For now, we are happy to be aboard the Navimag, and grateful to have finished packing and organizing a half-container’s worth of supplies and equipment! There seems to be only a small storm on the horizon, so hopefully we will have calm seas for the first of our four crossings in the Golfo.

This is also whale season for the region, and we will be watching closely to make our first entries into the Natural Events Log.

Until next time, Katie

 
Photo from stormsurf.com

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Last minute food purchases, a literal boat-load!

  
Photo via @macdreconnell on Instagram, words by Katie

No matter how prepared you may feel for expedition, the final days before embarking are always hectic! Yesterday we spent all afternoon inside the supermarket making the final preparations for the voyage. Lest we forget the most important part… Food! 6 full shopping carts, packed into 30 cardboard boxes– we are crossing our fingers that our 150 eggs survive the trip across the Golfo.

All boxes and extra equipment are packed into a container, deep inside the bowels of the grand Navimag. Anita, Fernanda, Franco, Seba and myself are all aboard, excited to finally unite with Keri, Greg, Alex and Pichi in Puerto Eden. With good weather, we should arrive in 2.5 days.

Signing off until then,

Katie

Welcome! to HF27: Golfo de Penas 2

National Geographic

Aerial photography by Carolina S. Gutstein

In May 2015 a Huinay Fiordos (HF) Expedition to Golfo de Penas, Chile,  discovered the first observations of what would become the largest mass whale stranding in known history. After further investigation we know that there are at least 337 whales included in this mass mortality event.

Now, a newly formed team of specialists is returning to the whales to find out what happened.

Link to National Geographic Article