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Wildlife Experiences in Antarctica

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Make the epic journey south to Antarctica for the remarkable wildlife experiences that are available to all visitors. Many of the species you will see on your expedition can be found only in these chilly waters.
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If there is one clear resident of Antarctica, it is the penguin. Five species call Antarctica home, and they number in the millions—a fact that won’t surprise you after your first landing on the Last Continent. The most common species in...
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By the end of your Antarctic expedition, I promise you’ll be able to identify the various penguin species almost immediately. One that doesn’t get as much attention as its cuter cousins is the strange-looking Adelie. Unlike other penguins, these...
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My own personal favorite penguin species in Antarctica, the Chinstrap is playful and loving toward its own kind. It's easy to see how it got its name, thanks to a unique black stripe under the chin that makes it look like it's wearing a little...
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While humpbacks have a global presence, time spent in Antarctica is important for these massive mammals. The krill-laden waters around Antarctica make it the perfect place to feed during the summer months. It’s easy to identify the humpback thanks...
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The largest land mammal in Antarctica, seals are the rulers of the continent both in and out of water. The Antarctic fur seal is so named for its scraggly fur, which almost led to its demise. Nearly hunted to extinction in the 18th and 19th...
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My favorite seal in Antarctica, the crabeater is also the most abundant, with millions of adults calling the ice of Antarctica home. In fact, they mostly live on icebergs and floating bits of ice, which they use as places to sleep, rest, and catch...
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The second-largest seal in Antarctica, the mighty leopard seal can be found throughout Antarctica and on nearby islands. Also known as the Sea Leopard, this animal is most definitely a predator, feeding on seals, penguins, and fish. Its only...
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Named after a British seal boat captain, the Weddell is perhaps the best understood of the Antarctic seals. These seals have the most southerly distribution of any mammal and actually prefer to spend time on land, versus on pack ice or icebergs....
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Perhaps the most recognizable of the penguin species, these majestic animals are endemic to Antarctica, existing nowhere else in the world. They are a so-called giant species of penguin because they can grow up to 4 feet tall and weigh 50-100...
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A trip to Antarctica is a bird watcher’s dream, and one of the most common species found on the continent is the brown skua. This large seabird breeds around Antarctica, but it heads farther north during other times of the year. There are many...