Our Team

Although a website is great as an introduction and for perusing at your own leisure, there is nothing better than the reassurance of a human voice answering any questions you have. This sort of trip is not an ordinary holiday so you will more than likely have a lot, and nothing can help you out as much as talking to someone who has been there and knows the ins and outs of expedition cruising.

  • Al Bakker Mountaineering and Kayaking Guide

    Al has paddled whitewater and sea kayaks for four decades in North America, South America, the South Pacific, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica, South Georgia, Scandinavia, the High Arctic, Greenland, the Russian…

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  • Alasdair McGregor Historian

    Painter, photographer, writer, historian and some-time architect, Alasdair McGregor’s creative interests range from natural history and the environment, to architecture and design, and the history of exploration. His…

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  • Amanda Till Expeditions Executive

    Amanda's passion for Antarctica began when she was Expedition Coordinator on a 2001 expedition to Macquarie Island, Cape Denison and Dumont d'Urville. A life changing experience for her, she has lived and breathed the…

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  • Andrew Silcocks Naturalist & Birding Specialist

    Andrew joins us from BirdLife Australia as special guest lecturer for our 2016 Scotia Sea Springtime voyage.  An avid birder since childhood, Andrew completed a Marine Biology degree and spent the following 10 years…

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  • Anna Taylor Hotel Manager, Assistant Expedition Leader

    Born in the UK, and now based in Sydney, Anna lived in the Solomon Islands as a young girl before moving to northern New South Wales, and has spent much of the time since bouncing around the globe. Anna credits her time…

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  • Anne Oyasaeter Client Services Executive

    Anne arrived from Norway to Australia in 1987 and after a few years of doing odd jobs such as working in racing stables, cafes and a taxi-radio room, she began a job in travel at an agency specialising in Scandinavia,…

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  • Anthony Kleverlaan Client Services Manager

    Anthony's passion for travel was ignited in the early 70's when his family took him on a trip to Europe. Since then he has always had a passion for researching, discovering and organising travel to exotic destinations…

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  • Antony Watson Photography Guide

    A full-time professional wildlife, wilderness and landscape photographer, Antony has combined his lifelong passion for the environment with a career in photography and videography. As a fully accredited member of the…

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  • Baldur Thorvaldsson Naturalist

    A professional marine naturalist, Baldur hails from Iceland. In his search for greater challenges he discovered the expedition industry and instantly fell in love with the Polar Regions. Baldur claims the polar virus is…

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  • Bob Powell Mountaineering and Kayaking Guide

    Currently living in the U.S., Bob Powell is the director of the Institute for Parks at Clemson University and an Associate Professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management and the School of…

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  • Carla Pecorella-Balzan Client Services Executive

    Carla has had a passion for travel for many years studying tourism sales and operations through to management at University. Her first job in the industry was working for retail agency group Harveyworld travel learning…

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  • Carol Knott Historian

    Carol discovered archaeology in her teens, becoming immersed in a succession of rescue projects on medieval English towns, ports, churches and castles. After receiving a Masters degree in Archaeology and History from the…

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  • Catherine Bone Naturalist

    An Australian artist and biologist with a life-long passion for animals and wild places, Catherine has lived on the Antarctic and subantarctic islands for extended periods overthe past 20 years. Before working in the…

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  • Charles Boutet Marketing Coordinator

    After a degree in modern languages, Charles moved to the UK to teach French, before continuing his studies in marketing. Originally from Bordeaux in France, Charles moved to Australia in 2009 and finished his studies in…

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  • Chris Bray Photography Guide

    Chris spent his childhood sailing around the world before he started as a leader of cart-hauling expeditions in the Arctic. His passion for photography has led him to work as a professional photographer for Australian…

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  • Chris Done Guest Lecturer

    Chris was a special guest lecturer on our very first Kimberley voyage in 1998 and since then has joined us as part of our regular team on many occasions. We are pleased to have him back onboard for our 2013 season. He has…

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  • Christian Genillard Expedition Leader

    This well-travelled sailor first explored the island of Spitsbergen over 30 years ago. As a young lad on a sailboat with a couple of friends, Christian was fascinated by the ice and convinced that boat was the best means…

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  • David German Expedition Leader

    David’s passion for expedition cruising began in Antarctica over 20 years ago guiding IMAX film teams, scientists and intrepid travellers. Over the years  David has led over 70 small-ship expeditions to Svalbard,…

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  • Don McFadzien Expedition Leader

    An expedition led by our very own self-confessed adventure-pursuit enthusiast is not for the fainthearted. Don will never miss an opportunity to have the best Antarctic experience, even if it means landing morning, noon…

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  • Dr. Alan Burger Naturalist, Expedition Leader

    Born and raised in the bushveld of South Africa, Alan has a life-long passion for wild animals and wild places. After a year in Portland, Australia as an exchange student, he studied Zoology and Botany at the University…

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  • Dr. Ann Ward Expedition Doctor

    Ann has been practising for over 25 years and spends most of her time working as a rural doctor in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, based in Kununurra. Ann spent three years in the centre of Western Australia…

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  • Dr. Ben Maddison Historian, Climbing Guide

    Avid climber and history buff , Ben’s love of history began during his high school years. His passion led to an MA in Social and Industrial history and a PHd in Australian history. An active researcher, Ben is an…

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  • Dr. Gary Miller Expedition Leader, Naturalist

    This wildlife fanatic has been exploring and working in the Polar Regions for well over 30 years, initially studying Polar Bears for his MA in Zoology. Whether playing the role of Expedition Leader, or Naturalist, Gary is…

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  • Dr. Jeffrey D. Stilwell Geologist

    As Associate Professor and the Leader of the Applied Palaeontology and Basin Studies Group at Monash University in Melbourne, Jeffrey specialises in ancient greenhouse Earth ecosystems and their inhabitants, particularly…

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  • Dr. John Barry Expedition Doctor

    John is an Australian Family Doctor with an interest in expedition and travel medicine. He has worked across Australia in a myriad of roles including Aboriginal health in Kempsey and in both Accident and Emergency and as…

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  • Dr. John Kirkwood Naturalist

    John has been involved in polar and marine research for over 30 years, studying animals ranging from microscopic crustaceans to whales in both Antarctica and the Arctic. His love of travel and the natural world, as well…

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  • Dr. Lesley Cadzow Expedition Doctor

    Lesley is a Scottish doctor who has worked as a neonatal paediatric registrar transporting sick babies around New Zealand before becoming an academic General Practitioner in Melbourne. Before leaving her regular family…

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  • Dr. Liz Pope Assistant Expedition Leader

    With years of leading groups and travelling up her sleeve, this friendly and patient assistant expedition leader is always happy to help make your voyage the best it can possibly be! Having grown up in three different…

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  • Dr. Mike Gottfried Geologist

    Mike is a paleontologist/geologist based at Michigan State University in the USA, where he teaches and is a curator at the university museum. He has organised and led geological expeditions exploring for fossils in the…

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  • Dr. Nigel Mathews Expedition Doctor

    Born and raised in Kenya, Nigel was educated in England and received his medical training in South Africa. After working in surgery in Zululand for 5 years he immigrated to Canada where he continues to practice medicine…

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  • Dr. Paul Willis Geologist

    A geologist and ABC science reporter, Paul has a particular interest in the palaeontology of Antarctica because of its relevance to the history of Australian animals. Through no fault of his own, Paul was born in England…

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  • Dr. Peter Lovell Expedition Doctor

    Rural, remote and expedition medicine have been the mainstays of Peter’s career following his graduation from Adelaide University in 1982. His passions for medicine and travelling have led him to every state in Australia,…

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  • Dr. Roger Kirkwood Expedition Leader, Naturalist

    A polar fanatic, Roger has been exploring and working in Polar Regions for well over 20 years. He has a huge amount of remote area experience, including living in outback Australia, >15 years of seal research on Bass…

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  • Eirik Grønningsæter Naturalist

    Eirik Grønningsæter grew up on the west coast of Norway. Through his keen interest in birds from early childhood, he is an aknowledged birder in Norway. His interest for nature and nature management has always been…

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  • Elena Wimberger Hotel Manager, Assistant Expedition Leader

    Elena's penchant for adventure began at a young age while reading tales of polar explorers such as William Scoresby and Ernest Shackleton. The pull to the wild and unknown has taken hold ever since. Between various levels…

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  • Emma Savage Marketing Manager

    Emma inherited her passion for travel from her English parents who travelled across land (and sea) from England to Australia in the early seventies. Having grown up hearing a load of weird and wonderful travel stories she…

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  • Erin Kostopulos Canon Collective Ambassador

    Erin’s photographic journey began at a young age of 16, when she studied photography in high school. From using film and developing photographs in the dark room, her journey as a photographer has flourished over the past…

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  • Heidi Krajewski Naturalist

    Venturing out to sea as a Sea Cadet during her teens, Heidi then left home to work as a deckhand on a schooner on the west coast of her native Canada. Further travels to Bermuda and Canada’s west coast ignited a keen…

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  • Heidi Sevestre Glaciologist

    Heidi is a research fellow in glaciology at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. She was recently awarded her PhD by the University of Oslo, although she spent the 4 years of her thesis living and working on the…

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  • Henrik Lovendahl Expedition Leader

    Henrik first worked with Aurora Expeditions as a dive guide in 1998, when we introduced an optional scuba diving program to our Antarctic voyages. This was the first ever dive trip to Antarctica for recreational divers.…

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  • Howard Whelan Expedition Leader

    This outdoor and nature enthusiast and writer has explored many of the world’s weird and wonderful places. Howard has many years of outdoor and climbing experience up his sleeve, including a 4000km, five-month bushwalk…

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  • Jane Bell Office Administrator

    Jane started her career in Property Management but soon developed a love of travel when she travelled throughout Canada and the USA. After a break from the workforce to have her three gorgeous children, Jane soon felt the…

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  • Jenn Cooper

    Jenn’s photographic skills developed in her high school darkroom, where she embarked on the start of her formal education in Photography and B&W Darkroom processing. Joining Canon Australia 8 years ago, her excellence,…

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  • Joshua Holko Photography Guide

    Snap-happy is an understatement for this professional photographer. Josh studied photography and journalism, before building a solid career out of his passion for photography. As a fully accredited associate member of the…

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  • Justine Bornholdt Sales Executive

    Justine came to Australia in 2001 from a beautiful town in New Zealand called Lake Taupo. Spending her first 5 years in the Corporate Hospitality Industry she started to feel that she needed a new challenge, being the…

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  • Kayla Packett Client Services Executive

    Kayla has recently returned to Sydney after living and working in London. Originally from the New South Wales' Southern Highlands, Kayla relocated to Sydney to further her career in travel where she has enjoyed working in…

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  • Kendyl Gorky Hotel Manager

    Kendyl’s love for the hospitality industry flourished when she was 12 years old and had already decided what she wanted to be when she grew up: an Innkeeper. As soon as she was of legal age to work she threw herself into…

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  • Kevin Nicholas Mountaineering and Kayaking Guide

    Kevin is an IFMGA certified mountain guide and experienced outdoor educator. He has spent his working life in the outdoors guiding and instructing in the Southern Alps of New Zealand in both summer and winter. Kevin has…

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  • Leani Gray Sales Executive

    Leani recognised her passion for all things travel at an early age, studying tourism during her final years at high school. Even after brief forays into the worlds of hairdressing and television, not even the celebrities…

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  • Lelia Cataldi Expedition Leader

    Lelia was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Tourism, she earned a scholarship at Eichstätt University in Germany to continue her specialisation in Geography. She then…

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  • Lisa Bolton Chief Executive

    Although it had always been Lisa’s dream to be a ski instructor when she finished high school, her parents had other ideas and sent her off to Business College. Having developed a keen eye for detail and strong business…

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  • Marcel De Graaf CFO

    Marcel joined Aurora in 2012 as the CFO. Marcel immigrated to Australia in 2001 from The Netherlands. In The Netherlands he worked for large engineering and contracting firms that had a global appearance. During this time…

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  • Martin McGrath Waterproof Expeditions Dive Supervisor

    Martin is a full time professional diver. Originally from the North East of England, he began diving whilst still studying for his degree. On a trip to see his sister who was working in the Arabian Gulf, he decided that…

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  • Martyn Lucas Polar Regions Photographer

    Martyn is a landscape photographer specializing in capturing images from the Polar Regions, where magnificence stands as monuments to nature, grandeur of light and space and texture and form. Travelling the world with his…

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  • Matt Edwards Mountaineering and Kayaking Guide

    Matt loves exploring! Wanting to find out what’s around the next corner or at the top of the next mountain has enticed Matt to some of the most remote destinations on the planet. For more than a decade he has organised…

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  • Mike Cusack Expedition Leader

    It is a great honour and privilege to have Mike Cusack join us. Mike is possibly more at home in the Kimberley than anywhere else. In 1987, Australian Geographic chose Mike and his wife Susan from 500 other couples to…

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  • Nigel Brothers Naturalist

    Nigel Brothers is an Australian born biologist with a long history of working on fisheries related bycatch issues. Currently based on the northeast tropical coast of Australia, Nigel Brothers is a Consultant in Marine…

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  • Noeme Capuno Finance Manager

    Noeme has been working as an accountant for 13 years in a variety of roles including an accounting firm, restaurant chain, Korean Manufacturer and Export company (all Philippines based), Finance Manager for Admerex…

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  • Olivia Young Graphic Designer

    After graduating from University with a BA in Design Studies, Olivia’s love of travel took her to Ireland where she spent 12 months exploring the UK and Europe. Returning back to her homeland of New Zealand to study,…

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  • Peter Eastway PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE

    Peter Eastway is a contemporary Australian photographer who is known internationally for his landscape and travel work. A practising professional photographer, he shoots editorially and works selectively in advertising…

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  • Peter Szyzka

    Peter Szyszka is among the elite of diving professionals worldwide having achieved Instructor Trainer status with 6 training agencies - PADI Course Director, TDI Instructor Trainer for all courses including Trimix, DSAT…

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  • Phil Penney Climbing Guide

    Climbing since 1985, Phil is an extremely experienced senior UIAGM / IFMGA certified climbing guide. Having guided through a number of different countries, including Peru, Canada, Alaska and his native New Zealand, he…

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  • Pieter de Vries Cinematography Guide

    From the far reaches of a Space Shuttle to the depths of the North Atlantic ocean, from ancient land turtles on the Galapagos Islands to sublime performance of the music of Vivaldi, filming in more than one hundred…

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  • Quentin Chester Guest Lecturer

    Quentin Chester is one of Australia's best-known outdoor writers. A regular contributor to Australian Geographic and Wild magazine, his books include Australia's Wild Islands, The Kimberley: Horizons of Stone and two…

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  • Robyn Mundy Assistant Expedition Leader

    First lured by the magic of the ice, Robyn joined Aurora Expeditions in 1996 on a voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula. She has returned to the world's remote regions nearly every year since. As Assistant Expedition Leader…

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  • Rosy Whelan Assistant Expedition Leader

    Having travelled on more than 50 expeditions to Antarctica and the subantarctic islands, Rosy is right at home on the high seas of the Southern Ocean. Rosy’s passion for the great outdoors and remote destinations has…

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  • Sappho Brothers Assistant Expedition Leader

    Growing up in beautiful Tasmania, and having already traveled extensively to many extraordinary places, it didn't take much for Sappho to join the Aurora Expeditions' team in 2011. Since then she has remained part of the…

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  • Scott Portelli Photography Guide

    Scott Portelli is an international award winning wildlife, nature and underwater photographer. A member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and serving NSW Council member, he is regarded as a…

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  • Skye Marr-Whelan Operations Assistant

    Skye’s passion for Antarctica was sparked when she was 16 years old during an Aurora Expeditions trip to Heard Island and East Antarctica on the icebreaker, Kapitan Khlebnikov. During the one-month voyage, she experienced…

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  • Stephen Anstee Expedition Leader, Assistant Expedition Leader

    Stephen was born and raised mostly in Sydney, but his fascination for travel and other cultures came to him after spending a few years in Fiji at a young age. A degree in surveying took him to the SE China Sea before…

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  • Stephen Martin Historian

    Stephen Martin is a writer and historian with a fascination for Australian and Antarctic history. He has spoken about and published books and articles on these topics for many years. His books include A History of…

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  • Stuart Murray Naturalist

    Stuart is a Scot from Aberdeen who has been working with his country’s native wildlife for over 40 years. Stuart’s earliest introduction to the Western Isles involved him working on the breeding biology of Puffins on the…

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  • Tamryn Bekker Hotel Manager

    Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Tamryn brings a wealth of travel experience with her as our new Hotel Manager.  With over 10 years' experience within the service and hospitality industries, as well as experience…

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  • Tarn Pilkington Mountaineering and Kayaking Guide

    Tarn has made many trips to the Antarctica continent as a guide and scientific field assistant. He is based in Queenstown, New Zealand and works full time as a mountain guide either at home in the kiwi Southern Alps or…

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  • Toby Story Mountaineering and Kayaking Guide

    Toby Story has been guiding sea kayak trips for a decade from the Tropics to the Polar regions, including Australia, Norway, Greenland, Spitsbergen, Antarctica, South Georgia, Fiji and the Philippines. Toby is a…

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  • Tomas Holik Operations Manager, Expedition Leader

    Tomas was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Ecology he underwent a winter in Antarctica at the Polish Research Base of Henry Arctowski, as part of his PhD.…

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