Instagrams of the Week: Animals of Antarctica

April 15, 2016 Mark Bonington

You may feel like you’re at the end of the Earth when you visit Antarctica (and you wouldn’t be entirely wrong). But there’s still a plethora of wildlife to look out for down there. Penguins, seals, seabirds and more will all earn their place in your memory of the world’s most surreal continent.

But for now, scroll down and see which Antarctic creatures featured in our traveller’s Instagram feeds this week.

A gentoo penguin and her chick look on curiously as the @g_expedition passes by Brown Bluff in Antarctic Sound.

This leopard seal was in no hurry to move as he lounged on an iceberg. Thanks to traveller @krodeghier for this pic!

Spot the chinstrap penguin in this pic from @thed63! These penguins can be found throughout the Southern Pacific and Antarctic oceans. They are also known as ”stonecracker penguins” due to the harshness of their cries.

It’s not an iceberg, it’s just a Weddell seal taking a nap on Deception Island while being snapped by @julienbeguin. These mammals weigh 400–600kg (880-1360 lb), with the layers of fat protecting them from the Antarctic’s freezing climate.

Finally, for your daily dose of “d’awww”, @sand_58 captures the moment these two king penguins were happy to be reunited.

Getting There

G Adventures runs a number of departures in Antarctica encompassing a wide range of departure dates and activities to cater to different tastes. We’re thrilled at the prospect of showing you this big blue planet of ours — check out our small group trips here.

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