Antarctica at its best – pt I

Emperor Penguin

Now this is really Antarctica at its best. We’ve been sailing through the Bellinghausen Sea, then the Amundsen Sea and now we’ve reached the Ross Sea. This will be our destination for this trip, but we still have a few days of sailing to go before we can do any activities. However, after dinner we encountered some pack ice. Nothing too thick, but it was there. And with it came the wildlife. Several Snow Petrels (soon we’ll expect them to be of the subspecies major, the Greater Snow Petrel) and several penguins on ice floes. Most of them were Adelie Penguins, but we were lucky a few times and found three single Emperor Penguins on floes as well. This penguin of penguins is over a meter tall and probably the best symbol for Antarctica. Really cool to now actually see several of them.

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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