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During the dark Antarctica sea ice freezes in sheets radiating out from the continent. And when the southern-hemisphere summer months of November and December arrive, icemaster captains with an abundance of experience and a ship with a...
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Almost anyone who’s visited a penguin tank at the zoo has noticed how these aquatic birds seem to fly underwater—flapping their front flippers and soaring as if in air. Only travelers encountering penguins in the wild, though, have been able to...
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Seeing penguins in the wild is one of the major draws for travelers to Antarctica. And since the frozen continent is home to massive colonies of Gentoo, Adelie, and chinstrap penguins, visitors have plenty of chances to see the (sometimes...
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It is a rare occurrence for whales to approach small boats or ships. Though, it does occasionally happen. In Antarctica, where ships and Zodiacs seldom visit, some experts believe that whales are more curious about them. And since groups in...
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What’s magical about Antarctica isn’t just its otherworldly ice—and seascapes, or its proliferation of rare wildlife species; it’s that travelers here get to experience these wonders in relative solitude. While ships of any size can cruise...