Antarctica

Antarctica is the fifth largest continent. Nearly all of Antarctica is covered by a ice sheet which averages 1 mile thick. Antarctica is the coldest, driest and windiest continent on earth.

 

Leopard seals are a top preditor in Antarctica feeding on krill, fish, penguins and young seals. Females are larger than males and can grow to nearly 12 feet long and can weigh over 1000 pounds. Their reptilian head gives them a frightening appearance but they tend to be more inquisitive than aggressive although they have occassionally attacked inflatable boats.

 

Crabeater seals are the most common seal in the world and live in the waters around Antarctica. They are very social and can be found in large groups. Weddell seals are also common, the most southern living mammal and can dive for up to 80 minutes.

 

Adelie penguins are found only in Antarctica. They build nest of small stones and have two eggs which the parents take 12 hour shifts in incubating for 1 month.

 

The 2014 trip to Argentina, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica was the best journey I will ever make.

Antarctica

 

Icebergs

Pleneau Bay

Antarctica

 

Adelie Penguin

Neko Harbor

Antarctica

 

Adelie Penguin

Neko Harbor

Antarctica

 

Gentoo Penguin

Pleneau Bay

Antarctica

 

Gentoo Penguin

Pleneau Bay

Antarctica

Chinstrap Penguins

Half Moon Island

South Shetland Islands Antarctica

 

Chinstrap Penguin

Half Moon Island

South Shetland Islands Antarctica

Snowy Sheathbill

Half Moon Island

South Shetland Islands Antarctica

 

Leopard Seal

Pleneau Bay

Antarctica

 

Weddell Seal

Pleneau Bay

Antarctica

 

 

Icebergs

Pleneau Bay

Antarctica

 

 

Adelie Penguin

Petermann Island

Antarctica

 

Gentoo Penguins

Petermann Island

Antarctica

Chinstrap Penguin

Half Moon Island

South Shetland Islands Antarctica

Chinstrap Penguins

Half Moon Island

South Shetland Islands Antarctica

Chinstrap Penguins

Half Moon Island

South Shetland Islands Antarctica

 

Blue-eyed Cormorant

Pleneau Bay

Antarctica

 

Leopard Seal

Pleneau Bay

Antarctica

 

Crabeater Seals

Pleneau Bay

Antarctica

 

Orca

Southern Atlantic Ocean

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