Weddell Sea

From: Antarctica Travel Guide

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Weddell Sea • Antarctica
The Weddel Sea is part of the Southern Ocean and stretches from the Antarctic Peninsula in the west to Coats Land further east.

Discovery and Exploration
The sea derives its name from Sir James Weddell (1787-1834) who led sealing expeditions to the area and sailed to the sea in 1823.

Weddell Seal
It also gives its name to the deep diving Weddell Seal (Leptonychotes Weddellii).

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922)
One of the most famous explorers of the continent, Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton and his crew, survived the crushing of their ship the 'Endurance' in 1915 by ice in the Weddell Sea.

Fichner-Ronne Ice Shelf
The Weddell Sea is home to the second largest ice shelf in Antarctica, the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf, which comprises of two parts (like the name), separated by Berkner Island. The shelf calves creating huge icebergs.

Cruise Final Destination
Due to the logistics of the distances involved and the cold tenacity of the Southern Ocean, the Weddell Sea is usually as far as the more expeditionary type cruises venture beyond the northern parts of the Antarctic Peninsula to the west.