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Antarctic Wildlife

Jan. 2009

Antarctica is more than just a frozen, barren wasteland. There is a large population of wildlife supported by the nutrient rich currents that provide the foundation for a complex food chain. Whales, sea birds, numerous species of seals and penguins can be found here along with a variety of whale species.

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One of many albatross that were following the ship across the Drake Passage.

A mated pair of Gentoo penguins. The male is off to gather more stones for the nest.

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An elephant seal amongst the penguins.

A row of Gentoo penguins.

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A lone chinstrap penguin.

One of many Humpback whales spotted on the voyage.

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Penguins & Ice.

Coming ashore. They are graceful in the water but rather clumsy on land.

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Gentoo on ice.

A Gentoo penguin caught in mid air.

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A Leopard Seal. They prey on penguins and are vicious predators.

Macaroni penguins.

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"Move along buddy"

Mother Chinstrap penguin and her chicks.

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A pile of elephant seals.

Hanging out in the South Shetland Islands.

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Elephant seal.

Elephant seal.