Thursday, January 31, 2013

Seals of Antarctica

We had the opportunity to see three types of seals- the weddell seal, elephant seal, and leopard seal.  The big colonies of elephant seals are on South Georgia, so we didn't get to see those, but we did see two cute young ones hanging out on the rocks by a penguin colony.  We saw a bunch of weddell's all over the ice and were lucky to spot one leopard seal at the end of the trip.  They are very creepy animals that move like snakes and their heads look like skulls.  I was happy to see them and get a few interesting shots, but for the coolest pictures of leopard seals I've ever seen check out Paul Nicklen's Ted Talk.

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