Silence was one of the many tranquil sounds we heard as the zodiac drifted to the rhythm of the icy cold water. The leopard seal, indifferent to our presence, was dreaming peacefully on an electric blue floe. Her tail twitched from time to time.
All around were grandiose walls of glaciers and brash ice. Like a newborn’s first glance of the world, I felt like I was being introduced to a completely new environment. One that is boundless and unbelievably beautiful, words and photos will only limit such phenomenon.
Nevertheless, here are a few thousand words to jump start the day’s journey:
In the short ten minutes that we floated around motorless was by far one of the greatest moments in Antarctica for me.
As the ship cruises through the open sea to reach the next island, we came upon a feeding ground of humpback whales. There were 25 or so spotted by Heidi, the marine biologist on board.
The captain very graciously decided to cruise in the area and head in the same direction as the whales (this ship burns $1000 worth of fuel every 10 miles!) so that we may observe them a bit longer.
Humpback whales (and most Antarctic animals) feed on Antarctic krill, a small, swimming crustacean that lives in large schools and feeds on algae. It grows to a length of 2.4 in, weighs up to 2 grams (Wiki).
Blue Eyed Shag
Many animals in Antarctica are of two shades and any pop of colors act like special effects in a black and white film. The blue eyed shag is a bird with a blue, purple or red ring around the eye.
They are the peace ambassadors of Antarctica and deserve their own page! Plus I have thousands of photos of them and they can definitely use their own space…
In Love with Antarctic Blues: Ice, Glaciers, Skies and Water
Videos (coming soon)