Category Archives: antarctica

weddell seal

In Antarctica the only mammals on land are different kinds of seals, like this Weddell seal we encountered during a zodiac tour.

I tried different kinds of post-processing and crops. The third photo is a 100% crop.

leopard seal eating adélie

During our first zodiac tour in Antarctica we came across this gruesome scene: a Leopard seal had just caught an Adélie penguin.

When hunting penguins, the Leopard seal patrols the waters near the edges of the ice, almost completely submerged, waiting for the birds to enter the ocean.

It kills the swimming bird by grabbing the feet, then shaking the penguin vigorously and beating its body against the surface of the water repeatedly until the penguin is dead. We saw all of this happening from our zodiacs, it took about 10 to 15 minutes for the poor Adélie to die.

What you see in the first two shots is the decapitated head of the Adélie penguin in the mouth of the Leopard seal. In the last two photos the remains of the penguin body are gobbled in.

Prehistoric creature.

will it be safe?

An Adélie penguin looking for a safe place to dive in.

You can see the Adélie searching for a safe spot and in the next blog you can see why.

When there’s so much drifting ice in the water it’s easy for predators to hide underneath and wait for their prey to come down.

Finally this Adélie carefully slides into the water.

I hope it had a safe swim!

abstracts

Detail of the iceberg on the third photo.

The more you zoom in on structures and shapes the more abstract it gets.

The walls of high icebergs. The flying birds give a sense of scale.

icebergs ahead

Icebergs ahead while sailing towards the Antarctic Peninsula.

 

The different colors of old and new ice.

The very first iceberg I saw, shortly after sunrise. There’s a strange halo in the air (no lens flare).