I was 21 years old when I assisted in my first, real, scientific field research in Antarctica. I had no idea if I would be strong enough to carry the equipment, fit enough to hike the mountains, tough enough to sleep in a tent for 6 weeks, or prepared to be away from my family for months. Turns out, not only was I ready, I thrived in the field. I’m not saying I’m the strongest or the best assistant, but through this experience, I gained confidence in myself and found a new passion.
I took this photograph one night during my routine after-dinner walk. My hand and digging spoon are used for scale with which to compare the Leopard Seal’s teeth and skull. I thought I had found a dinosaur, I could not believe the teeth!