Seals on the rocks

Like I wrote in the previous post, we often find seals hauling out on the icebergs in Paradise Harbour. In this case, we had several Crabeater Seals on different pieces of ice.

Crabeater Seal


Crabeaters do not, as the name would suggest, eat crabs, they just eat krill, just like everybody else. This also explains the red you often see drooling from their mouths. Not blood, as many initially think, but half digested krill. And if it doesn’t come from their mouths, it could appear from another opening in their body, colouring the ice floe completely red.

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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