There is nothing quite like pretending you are a wildlife biologist, even if only for a few minutes, during your visit to Antarctica. Because not many people visit the continent, most wild animals haven’t developed a fear of humans, which means you can sit on a rock and watch as penguins march by, indifferent to your presence.
My favorite such experience was visiting Brown Bluff on a bright, sunny morning. As the Zodiac approached land, what I thought were small rocks were instead hundreds—thousands more likely—of penguins all gathered around, either on the way to feed or just back. I was nervous at first. I didn’t want to accidentally step on one and start an international incident. But before long I got the hang of the experience and just sat there, quietly observing these beautiful, even funny animals. This close involvement with wildlife is one of the many reasons people travel here.