Fat whales

Late season on the Antarctic Peninsula means little snow, dirty penguin colonies and whales. Lot’s of them. Especially Humpbacks. They have been feeding throughout the season and are now really fat and almost ready to head back north again to warmer waters to work on reproduction. But not quite yet. There is always room for a little more. But now it’s getting dark at night again, the krill is moving to deeper, darker waters during the day to prevent predation. During the night they will come to the surface to feed for themselves. At that time the Humpbacks move in and try to catch a little more.

Humpback Whales


For us, this makes it very easy to find these whales. During the day, they are often sleeping, just afloat on the surface only to pop their heads up every now and then to get some air. Not as exciting as breaching or fluking whales, but still very nice 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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