ANTARCTIC Ocean and Shore

Pinnipeds: Seals

Pinnipeds: Fur-Seals

Antarctic Fur-seal

Pinnipeds: True Seals

Leptonychotes weddellii, 'Weddell Seal'.

Hydrurga leptonyx'Leopard Seal'. When hauled out, they have a distinctive 'lumpy' shape.

The massive head of the Leopard Seal.

Leopard Seal eating penguin. After Orca, this is the main predator in Antarctic waters. 

Lobodon carcinophaga, 'Crabeater Seal' (Paradise Harbour). Despite the name, they do not eat crabs, but specialize on krill, with 90% of their diet made up of these crustaceans.

Cetaceans, Whales & Dolphins

whale blow

Humpback Whale 'hump back' and fin.

Humpback Whale feeding.

Thinking of doing expedition travel after everything has calmed down? I do a lot of my guiding and lecturing work on Silversea.