Young Blake Expedition - Day 10

Luke Parker
Young Blake Expedition - Day 10

REDnews has asked Simran Rughani and Oxana Repina to report back with photos, footage, and commentary from their Sir Peter Blake Trust’s Young Blake Expedition to the remote Auckland Islands (465 km’s south of Bluff).

They are a part of a group of 14 students working with scientists on terrestrial and marine ecology and geology projects in the Sub-Antarctic islands.

Keep up to date with Simran and Oxana's adventures here on the REDnews Lifestyle section.

SEE ALSO: Young Blake Expedition: Ranui Island 


Enderby Island

The last day in the Sub-Antarctic was definitely a day to remember.

We were fortunately able to land on Enderby Island after our departure time delayed from 7.30am to 3pm due to gusts up to 60 knots preventing us from a safe transfer to the island.

We landed on the island close to a sea lion bull lazing on the beach and I knew that the day on the island was definitely going to be epic. We passed sea lions and their adorable pups within a minute of walking along the board walk. It was amazing to see the landscape of Enderby Island.

It was almost completely different to the main island, it was much less dense and there were shrubs the height of my head! On our way over to the other side of the island we saw southern royal albatross that were huge, which was amazing.


I have never seen a bird so big! The views were absolutely stunning.

There was a team of four living on the island who have been monitoring the sea lion population in the Auckland Islands.

There were three hundred new pups born this breeding season on Enderby Island though mortality rates are high, the team does two sweeps of the island to do autopsies on the pups that die of unknown causes.

Enderby is their third biggest breeding ground and so it is an important place to monitor and track the species for their protection.

Sea lion 1

Before we left for Enderby Island we did a survival activity where we imagined that we were stuck on an atoll reef with a certain amount of provisions.

As an individual you had to rank the supplies in order of priority for its importance to your survival, then rank the items as a team and compare both to an expert’s opinion.

The exercise taught us about how as an individual your perspective may be different and you may have missed important things, as a group everyone’s expertise and skills are combined to benefit the whole group.

The task taught us all about perspectives, problem solving, and team work.

This expedition is not just about research towards climate change for us, it is also a leadership building experience and is important in developing our skills in all areas.

It was my turn for slushie duty today - setting tables, washing dishes and putting them away for all personnel on board the ship does take a while.

But, it gave me a chance to get to know the crew who I was doing it with better.

Setting up for breakfast tomorrow morning will mean another early start but with no yoga.”

Words by Simran Rughani

Photos supplied by Oxana Repina

SEE ALSO: Young Blake Expedition: Ranui Island 

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