Unexpected guest

South American Fur Seal
South American Fur Seal

After arriving in Ushuaia I decided to go for a short walk along the shores of the Beagle Channel and some lakes close to the coast. The main purpose was to be outside and stretch the legs a little (after spending around 18 hours in different planes the day before) and to try to take a few pictures of the birds I would see. I didn’t expect to find any mammals, but when I looked out over the bay, I saw some strange shape in the water that quickly disappeared… As it didn’t look like a fish, I was quite sure it had to get up to breathe again. It took a while, but when it resurfaced I saw small earlobes and I realised I was looking at a South American Fur Seal. Something I didn’t expect to see in the busy Ushuaia bay… But a welcome end of the first day none the less.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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