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Journey to Antarctica: seals, penguins and glacial beauty

Antarctica is a remote place, but it’s not immune to human interference. Reuters photographer Alexandre Meneghini accompanied a Greenpeace team on an expedition to support a call by the European Union to conserve nearly 2 million km2 of the region.

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Our trip began in Punta Arenas, the capital of Magallanes Region, Chile. We‘d spent three days aboard the Arctic Sunrise, a Greenpeace ship docked in one of the city’s harbours, to test our equipment and conduct security drills. I was eager to get to Antarctica.

Greenpeace global environmental group organised the journey to raise awareness and support a European Union proposal to create the biggest protected area on Earth in Antarctica, with an aim to create a safe haven for marine life from industrial fishing.

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