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Meet Antarctica's Wildlife
Prepare to be awestruck by the remarkable diversity and scale of wildlife across Antarctica. It starts with an abundance of krill welling up from deep, icy waters, which feed everything from the region's celebrated penguins to its colossal whales. Guests cruising to the Falkland and South Georgia islands - the latter considered one of the most biodiverse environments on earth - will experience another level of Antarctica abundance.
Sporting brightly colored bills and feet, gentoos are the fastest underwater swimmers of the penguin species. They spend the summertime with their chicks on the Antarctic Peninsula.
This iconic Antarctic species sports white-ringed eyes and a velvety black jacket. Endlessly entertaining to behold, Adélies appear to leap from sea, walking onto shore with a pronounced waddle.
Rockhoppers are distinguished by their diminutive stature, black forehead, red eyes and striking yellow eyebrows. They nest in the Falklands, with chicks hatching in mid-December through January.
This regal bird is the second largest of the penguin species, with about 100,000 of them calling South Georgia Island home. Adults sport black heads and vivid-orange ear patches.
These pinnipeds are among the largest, hardiest and most southerly of all seals. Accomplished divers, they are capable of staying underwater for up to an hour.
Found year-round across the Southern Ocean, blue-eyed shags make short foraging flights to the open sea where they dive for crustaceans and fish.
Orcas are the largest members of the dolphin family. Seen along Antarctic coasts, this carnivorous powerhouse is distinguished by a jet-black top and wide, white patches behind the eyes
This is the world's largest seal. One bull was recorded to be 22.5 feet long and over 11,000 pounds. Males are heard to roar from their trunk-like appendages during mating season.
With an average wingspan of 11.5 feet, these awe-inspiring birds can glide for hours at a time. A&K Philanthropy's Save the Albatross project is devoted to preserving these magnificent seabirds.
Called "sea bears" by early mariners, this medium-size seal was nearly hunted to extinction in the 19th century for its grayish brown coat. Today, some four million flourish on South Georgia.
Bearing long pectoral fins, a knobby head and formidable length, humpbacks feed in polar waters during the summer months — often breaching and slapping the water in dramatic fashion.
Explore Our Journeys to Antarctica
Luxury Expedition Cruises
Limited to 199 guests
Days: 17 | From: $17,995 (was $20,995)
Dec 12, 2017: Special Family Holiday Departure
Jan 16, 2018: Photography Departure