winter wildlife on the antarctic peninsula
It was well into the end of the season and approaching winter when I voyaged to Antarctica. I was lucky enough to join a rare hiking expedition on a Russian research ship and was permitted to set foot on the Antarctic Peninsula and many of its surrounding islands that tourists seldom get to see.
It was late enough in the season to get stuck in pack ice as the temperature plummeted and our eyes narrowed against freezing winds and there were several moments. Most newborn life had already headed north for the winter so only a few of the hardiest species remained. They don’t see many humans, so the vast majority were trusting enough to get up close and personal with, though the rule is that you let animals come to you, rather than imposing on their personal space.
Here is a glimpse of some of the remaining wildlife as Antarctica approached winter that year.
(See Cookie’s photographs of icebergs in Antarctica)