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Sedna Epic Expedition completing first stage of journey

  • Jul 28, 2014
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The sea women are on their way!

The 10-person, all-female team has set out on the first stage of The 2014-2016 Sedna Epic Expedition. The explorers are in the midst of the proof-of-concept portion of their expedition, having spent the last two weeks travelling from Labrador to Greenland. The explorers first attempted to reach Baffin Island on the MV Cape Race, but were unable to enter the bay due to ice floes. They then crossed Davis Strait to Greenland by snorkeling and using diver propulsion vehicles.

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The 2014-2016 Sedna Epic Expedition 10-person team in Nunatsiavut, N.L. (Photo: Courtesy of Jill Heinerth,

“We’ve managed to dock in Ilulissat, Greenland after dodging bergs, and flew on to Iceland as we wrap up our journey,” says Jill Heinerth, one of the women on the expedition team.

This trek is the first phase in preparation for the longer expedition in 2016 when the team will perform a snorkel relay of the entire Northwest Passage.

This flag expedition, supported by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, is made up of extraordinary women in a variety of fields, including diving, science and photography. In 2016, the women hope to document the impacts of global warming on their snorkel relay.

For regular updates on the expedition, follow the team on Twitter (@sednaepic) or on the expedition website.

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