Lost Seals

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Mummified seal in the McMurdo Dry Valleys

Antarctic seals apparently get lost sometimes. They crawl inland and don’t know their way back anymore. Eventually this might lead to their death if they can’t find their way back in time to get food. Now this likely doesn’t happen that often, but as decay goes extremely slow in this cold and dry climate the seals will stay there forever. In the McMurdo Dry Valleys few of these seals are found. Possibly well over a thousand years old and completely mummified. Hundreds of meters inland and nicely conserved. Very special to see.

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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