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Dr Mika Peck

  • Dr Mika Peck set to SUP the Amazon!

    How about Dr Mika Peck from Brighton University leading an intrepid trip down the Amazon the first people to do this on a SUP too..! Using the amazing Red inflatable SUP's for travelling ease the aim is to raise funds for rainforest conservation projects while increasing awareness of the challenges facing the people and wildlife of the Amazon region. Dr Peck will be keeping a blog of the team’s adventures as they paddle along the river through Ecuador, Peru and Colombia to the border with Brazil.

    Dr Peck says: “The Amazon is a wonder of the world that shows off nature in all its glory. The beauty of descending it using paddle boards means that we can get up close and personal with the river’s natural treasures, such as river dolphins, tapirs, birdlife and primates.

    “We’ll be camping by night on the river bank or staying with indigenous communities. At the end of the trip the paddle boards will be used to survey wildlife in the Amazon's flooded forests – in particular night monkeys – to determine impacts to wild populations from illegal trade.”

    To get into training for the epic voyage, Dr Peck has been paddling away in the sea off Shoreham and along the River Arun in Sussex, although according to Dr Peck, “the Arun probably has more teashops than the Amazon”.

    While not expecting to encounter the more “glamorous” hazards of anacondas, piranhas and alligators during their river trek, the team will have to beware of dehydration, sunburn and the increased risk of infection through open wounds.

    Mika is taking GoPro Hero 3 Camera on-board to capture some of the amazing adventure… The team will take a month to complete the trip, travelling 80km a day and encountering numerous challenges along the way before reaching their destination.

    Follow the Stand up for Amazon blog here: http://supamazon.blogspot.co.uk/

    Find out more about Mika's SUP mission here: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/newsandevents/?id=18891

     

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