Voyage to Antarctica, a journey of discovery for a member of the Rotary Club of Aiken

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June 28 – While reminiscing about his February visit to Antarctica on an expedition cruise, retired Vice Admiral Chuck Munns spoke about what it was like to float among the massive icebergs.

“They are 10% bubbles, so when they go into the water and start melting, the bubbles start popping,” he told the Rotary Club of Aiken on June 27. “Looks like you’re in some kind of fizzy soda.”

Munn also saw seals and whales on the trip.

Additionally, the wildlife he saw included “a group” of around 2 million penguins that live on the isolated mainland, Munns said.

“They really weren’t bothered by us, by people,” he added, “and they didn’t bother us much other than their smell. It bothered some of us.”

Munns, who is a member of the Rotary Club, particularly enjoyed the features of Antarctica’s ice-covered landscape.

“I lose words to describe the scenery,” he said. “It was just amazing.”

During the voyage, Munns and his fellow travelers had many opportunities to learn about the various studies being conducted by researchers aboard the ship.

“There were probably 20 scientists there,” Munns said, “and it was fun to interact with them and listen to them discuss what they were doing, how they were funded, and what they were doing. were trying to prove.”

Munns concluded his presentation by offering some advice to his audience members before taking questions.

“If you ever get the chance to go (to Antarctica), you should,” he said.

Munns described his experience as “truly quite an adventure”.

The Rotary Club meeting was held at Newberry Hall.

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