Antarctic Elephants

One of our landings south of the Circle was at Lagoon Island, close to the British Rothera station. In very Antarctic weather (sometimes sunny, sometimes windy, foggy or snowing) we landed on this small island and were welcomed by large numbers of seals. The most obvious ones, all be it not the most active, were the Elephant Seals. They were hauling out on land in large groups, every now and then lifting their heads, making their characteristic sound.


Southern Elephant Seal

One big male had separated from the group and was on his own at a small distance.


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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