Penguins Of Antarctica
Animal and plant life in Antarctica is almost entirely along the coastlines and ice shelves. Inland there are no food sources. The frigid, yet nutritious, ice filled seas provide fish, who in turn feed seals ,penguins and other birds. Unfortunately, but naturally necessary, penguins also feed seals. Because of the extreme cold of the nearly 9 month winter, stretching from April to November, the penguin colonies of the Peninsula are not as large as those further North, in South Georgia and Argentina.
Penguins are quite social – not only with each other – but also with their human visitors. Here they are setting up nests with small rocks.
Walking, running and sledding are ways to get through the snow.
Primarily we observed Gentoo Penguins, with occasional Chinstraps. They are less than one meter tall. Larger Emprorers live in South Georgia.
Leopard seals are a constant and deadly threat.
The red snow is from regurgitated and defecated fish. Overall the smell is fishy . Exploring passengers must sanitize their boots upon return to the ship to prevent cross continental contamination. No longer are non native animals, such as dogs and horses, permitted on the Antarctic continent.
Getting ready to dive in for dinner.
TotalAdventure with Gentoo Penguins at Port Lockroy.
Gentoo On A Mission. They Are Busy Birds.
With MV Hondius Just Offshore.
Be sure to watch the video above to see the penguins in action !