The Wider Image: Journey to Antarctica: seals, penguins and glacial beauty
Greenpeace brought Reuters photo and television journalists along for a segment of the voyage, bringing them on the Arctic Sunrise from Chile through the rough waters of the Drake Passage, to the Antarctic Peninsula Ð which was brimming with wildlife. Photographer Alexandre Meneghini: "The trip began in Punta Arenas, the capital of Magallanes region, Chile. We had spent three days aboard the Arctic Sunrise, a Greenpeace ship docked in one of the city's harbours, to test our equipment and conduct security drills. I was eager to get to Antarctica. Greenpeace, the global environmental group, organised the journey to raise awareness of, and support for, a European Union proposal to create the biggest protected area on Earth in Antarctica. The plan was to create a safe haven for marine life there from industrial fishing. The strategy involved documenting the effects of climate change, pollution and fishing on native wildlife. Pictures and video footage, specimen samples from the Antarctic seafloor, and surface water sampling for microplastics were all collected by Greenpeace to help build the case for the sanctuary." REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini SEARCH "ANTARCTICA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: CLIMATECHANGE-ANTARCTICA/
Protests turn violent in Chile
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