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The Worldwide Quest Blog

Enjoy our leaders’ reports from the field, our travellers’ stories and pictures, travel advice and staff picks from trips we’re working on.

Penguin Highway in Antarctica

Who doesn't love the visual of a waddling penguin? Melissa Brennan, in her early 20's captured this great footage of a well-beaten path in the snow and set up a camera there to record the comings and goings of penguins. It turns out they have an orderly traffic system. Road conditions are icy in Antarctica, but webbed feet still patter away in this video of a busy penguin highway.  Seem...

Shipwreck at Cape Flora - A Recommended Read

Benjamin Leigh Smith discovered and named dozens of islands in the Arctic, yet refused public accolades and published no account of his pioneering explorations. Leigh Smith’s first expedition, to the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, resulted in thirty-three new place names and included the discovery of twenty-two new islands. He defined the northeast limits of Svalbard at what is now known as...

World's Rarest Buffalo Captured

Camera traps deployed in the rugged Philippine mountains of Occidental Mindoro’s Iglit-Baco range have just captured dramatic images of Tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis) – the world’s rarest buffalo species and the Philippines’ largest endemic land animal.In an effort to double wild Tamaraw numbers from 300 to 600 by 2020, small infrared cameras are crucial tools that give sci...

Mystery in the Sea of Galilee

A giant 'monumental' stone structure discovered beneath the waters of the Sea of Galilee in Israel has archaeologists puzzled as to its purpose and even how long ago it was built.The mysterious structure is cone shaped, made of 'unhewn basalt cobbles and boulders,' and weighs an estimated 60,000 tons the researchers said. That makes it heavier than most modern-day warships.They say it is definitel...

Magnificent Migration

The Arctic Tern has an exceptionally long migration - travelling from the Arctic to the Antarctic.  With the advent of technology, seven terns were fitted with geolocators in 2011 in order to follow and study their flight paths.  Incredibly two individuals passed the Australian coastline and one had even reach New Zealand before returning to the Southern Ocean. ...

Our April 2013 Photo Contest Winner!

Congratulations to John Milling of Fort Frances, Ontario for this fun and colourful photo. John took this photo during a stop in Namibia when the group found themselves surrounded by fun loving Heroro women. See the complete picture on our Facebook page....