In the water and on ice

It’s not uncommon for us to find a Bearded Seal on an ice floe when we’re doing a zodiac cruise near a glacier. They like the (nutrient-rich) waters near glaciers and they do need to rest every now and then of course. For us always a good opportunity to show these beautiful creatures to our guests, especially as they are usually not shy at all.

Bearded Seal in the water – 400mm, 1/400s, f/8.0, ISO 800

In the water, however, we don’t see them that often. And if we see them, they’re often gone quickly. During this trip, we got lucky. While we were trying to approach the seal in the first picture, a second one came swimming by. Clearly curious to what those large black things in the water were, he had a good look at us. Giving us even better opportunities for photography.


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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