Cetaceans: Whales & Dolphins

Parvorder Odontoceti : Toothed Whales

Parvorder Mysticeti : Baleen Whales

Balaenoptera physalus, 'Fin Whale'. Second largest animal in the world, after Blue Whale. Found in oceans worldwide, but only common in colder waters.

Megaptera novaeangliaeHumpback Whale 'hump back' and fin.

Humpback Whale feeding.

Pinnipeds: Seals


Arctocephalus gazella'Antarctic Fur-seal'.

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.


Boats, buildings and other human-made materials tend to last a long time and not break down in the dry cold environment.

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