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Weddell Sea - Antarctica

The Weddell Sea lies southeast of South America, bordered by the Antarctic Peninsula and Coats Land. The vast Ronne and Filchner ice shelves are at the head of the sea. There are numerous islands to explore. Snow Hill Island was where the adventurer Otto Nordenskjold and some of his party had to endure two winters in 1902 and 1903 before a miraculous rescue. Seymour Island is where scientists are still finding fossils from the remains of the world's largest penguins, discovered here a century ago. Other islands that you may be able to reach include Paulet Island, Devil Island, Vega and Vortex. Back in 1998 on Vega, a team of Argentinean and U.S. scientists found fossils of a duck-billed dinosaur, as well as the remains of Antarctica's most ancient bird and an array of giant marine reptiles. The islands on its western shore boast emperor penguin colonies. Named after James Weddell, a British navigator who claimed to have discovered the sea in 1823, it was investigated by the Scottish explorer William Bruce from 1902 to 1904. It was in this sea that Shackleton's ship, the Endurance was trapped and crushed by ice. It was studied fully during the International Geophysical Year (1957-58) and has since been a site of continuing investigation. The following 30 cruises call at Weddell Sea. Discover more by clicking the cruise name or ship or click the Enquire button if you want to check availability and pricing.