In January 2018, actor David Harbor, who played the role of sheriff Hopper in the TV series “Very Strange Deeds”, asked Greenpeace’s Twitter account how many retweets he needed to dial for an expedition to the Antarctic. The organization called the figure of 200 thousand outposts, which the artist collected in less than 5 hours.
Although the original message looked more like a joke, after such active support, Harbor decided to fulfill the promise. In February, he went with specialists to the Antarctic, where he saw local beauties and danced among penguins. Thus, the actor wants to draw attention to the petition for creating the largest protected area for animals in the Antarctic.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Harbor mentioned that since childhood he dreamed of going on a long journey, but he could never find the time. This was his first large-scale meeting with wildlife. At the same time, many of the whales, fur seals and penguins that the researchers met never saw people, so their actions were unpredictable. “There really is a wild world, to which, thank God, we do not belong”
The journey lasted 16 days: Greenpeace specialists, wildlife instructors, journalists, Antarctic ambulancer Alison Sudol and the photographer boarded an icebreaker in Chile. For a day they crossed the Straits of Magellan and the next three days passed through the Drake Passage, connecting the southern parts of the Atlantic and Pacific. Approximately then, Harbor learned what a sea sickness is.
The first time he vomited two hours after entering the Drake Passage, and then a few dozen times. For three days the actor did not eat anything and only sucked ice to prevent dehydration. “I’m not a tough traveler. I’m a dude, whose purpose is to sit on the couch in New York and flip through the magazines, “the performer acknowledged the role of sheriff Hopper.
Familiarity with the fur seals and dances among penguins
Before shipping, Harbor morally prepared for the cold and seasickness on the journey, but did not think at all about the dangers of fur seals. In photographs, they often look innocuous and friendly, but in fact they can overtake a person on land, and their bite can become fatal, since a large number of different bacteria are concentrated in the teeth of seals.
“These dudes were everywhere,” recalls the actor. To bypass the sea lions, the researcher had to steer the boat into the danger zone, and eventually they crashed. The team had to return to shore and repair the transport before a new attempt to reach the subantarctic penguins. From the second time, experts have crept up to the rock, where penguins live, but also on the beach rested dozens of fur seals. At the sight of people, they immediately began to growl, and the group had to again look for a workaround.
“We were on the beach at an active volcano, at some point the water began to boil,” says Harbor. Suddenly, a 4-meter sea leopard emerged from the water, looked at the researchers and belched two penguin skeletons.
When the team finally got to the penguins, they did not pay any attention to the researchers and the actor who performs his own branded dance. Harbor only noted that “wildly stink” from animals that are so often romanticized in pop culture.
There is nothing more discouraging than seeing a charming penguin chick hobbling along the shore. You immediately think: “Oh, my God, how delightful he is”, and then he starts walking all over the snow and shitting. This immediately brings you to life – nature does not care that you think penguins are sweet. She’s just doing her job.
After returning to the US, Harbor urged people from different countries to support the Greenpeace petition (it can be signed by citizens of Russia). The organization wants to create the largest protected area for animals on Earth to protect Antarctic beasts from global warming.