By Amanda Biederman
Chief Science Correspondent
About two weeks ago, I jumped off the Palmer dock and into the icy waters surrounding the station. It was an exhilarating experience, and something that almost everyone who comes to Palmer will do at one point or another.
Think of it as an Antarctic initiation of sorts.
However, I also jumped in support of the Antarctic Ocean Alliance's "Penguin Plunge," an ongoing campaign launched last month to raise awareness of the need for protection of marine life in the Southern Ocean" According to the AOA's website, the campaign's goal is to "create a global groundswell to convince the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to finally take action to protect these amazing and wondrous places this year."