Patagonia Projects was created by Keri Pashuk and Greg Landreth as a means to tie together scientific, education and adventure initiatives in the remote regions of Patagonia and beyond, using the sailing vessel Saoirse as a multi purpose collaborative platform.

Our first initiative was the Return to the Whales scientific study expeditions which took us to the Golfo de Penas and Golfo Tres Montes regions in Patagonia Chile.  Working with Dr. Vreni Häussermann and Dr. Carolina Gutstein to oversee the scientific program, we began the studies on  the worlds largest baleen whale mortality event in history.

See our news and blog pages to keep updated about our current projects!


April 3rd, 2018

Saoirse at Puerto SlightSaoirse is off to the Golfo de Penas once again! After a few days’ delay due to weather, we’re heading out there now with a group of scientists to investigate the Sei whales further. Using a range of sampling techniques we’re hoping to gain useful insights into what exactly is happening to these Sei whales.

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April 1st, 2018

Saoirse Crew April 2019New expedition! We are setting off today on a fresh research trip in search of more live Sei whales. Sadly there have also been some reports of more dead Sei whales in the Golfo de Penas area.

We have a team of 8 for this trip, including 4 specialist scientists from Chile and Germany. Here’s the team ready for action!


December 10, 2018


At least one baleen whale is here in the area! This behemoth passed right next to Saoirse as she was heading into Estero Slight.

Please see Will’s blogpost for an exciting news update.


December 1, 2018

Saoirse is back in the Golfo Tres Montes!

Please check out the blogs for more news and photos.


August 7, 2018

Saoirse hauled out in Puerto NatalesSaoirse is hauled out of the water in Puerto Natales!

Finally we can start fixing the propeller!!


August 5, 2018

Six gicleé limited edition prints of whales from Keri will be part of the exhibition “Ballenas: Voces del Mar de Chile.”

The exposition is from august 8 till november 13 2018 pictures at  Centro Cultural la Moneda in Santiago, Chile.


Whales, Orcas and Life on Saoirse and in the Golfo Tres Montes

Blogpost by Will Darwin We’re having a very exciting time out here! On one of our first days at sea we saw a Blue whale, the biggest animal in the world. It was incredible. Since then we’ve seen Dusky dolphins, sea lions and two separate Killer whale packs! We’ve got some great hydrophone recordings thanks …

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