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How to Interact With Animals on Your Wildlife Tour

Heading off on a whirlwind tour to Latin America and not sure what to do if a llama chats you up at a bar? Wonder no more! We’ve got the lowdown on how best to interact with animals on your wildlife tour, historic discovery tour or sightseeing bonanza. Because when they say you should always interact and socialize with locals …

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15 Fun Seal Facts to Celebrate International Seal Day

March 22 marks International Seal Day, a day the whole world should celebrate in earnest! To mark this momentous occasion – which should really see us all laze about in the sun, feeding on sumptuous sardines – we share 15 Fun Seal Facts. The clowns of the marine mammal world, seals are a comical bunch of incredibly interesting creatures. For …

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How to See Antarctica’s Seal Species

There are five Antarctica True Seal Species. True seals differ from fur seals (or eared seals) mostly because of the different way they swim. Fur seals swim with their fore flippers and use their rear flippers to steer. True Seals on the other hand steer with their fore flippers and swim with their rear flippers. As a result fur seals have much …

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The Impact of Tourism, Are We Loving Antarctica too Much?

As Antarctica rises in popularity among discerning travellers, we take a look at the impact that scientific study and tourism have on this vital, pristine and immensely fragile part of the world. Take but a single step off your expedition vessel in Antarctica, and set foot on the pristine wild ice cover of some insanely stunning landing site, and don’t …

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Activities in Antarctica – walk with penguins, dive with seals

Antarctica, the continent where the silence is deafening and where emptiness is fills the scenery, is known as a great destination to spot a plethora of wildlife such as great penguin colonies, sleepy seals or different types of whales. But beside spotting the wildlife on Antarctica, there are many other Activities in Antarctica that can be done to make an …

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Explore the Ross Sea: The Last Pristine Marine Ecosystem Left Standing

The most coveted part of our oceans and a world teeming with invaluable marine wildlife, the Ross Sea is both the richest and most vulnerable ecosystem on earth. Explore the Ross Sea on an Antarctica cruise, and discover why this is considered to be the last pristine marine ecosystem left standing. With the menace of industrial fishing threatening its future, …

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Antarctic Wildlife – From Plankton to Whales

Antarctica is the fifth largest continent, yet it has the least number of resident animal species. And the few species that do come ashore are present for less than half of the year – prevented from access by the harsh weather and the barrier of sea ice. Yet around Antarctica is the vast Southern Ocean which teems with wildlife. Almost …

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Do Polar Bears exist in Antarctica?

Do Polar Bears Exist in Antarctica, a spectacular land of ice, framed by rigid waters and home to a plethora of hardy creatures? Read on to find out! So do Polar Bears Exist in Antarctica?? Antarctica is home to a kaleidoscope of incredibly fascinating creatures, but polar bears are NOT among them. Although, given the harsh climate and abundance of icy …

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Antarctica Facts: What do you call a group of Penguins?

Antarctica is one of the most famous continents in the world. The mere mention of it’s name conjures up images of giant ice sheets, crisp snow, freezing winds, and of course, cute little Penguins. However, you’ll be surprised to find out a lot of the things you think you know about Antarctica aren’t actually true, and you’ll be even more …

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Wildlife of Antarctica – Why Wimps Need Not Apply

The wildlife in Antarctica is, rather unsurprisingly, quite a hardy lot. Take the Emperor Penguin as an example. This fella is so hardy he doesn’t even bother to migrate to warmer waters in winter. Instead, he ploughs through what are arguably the harshest climatic conditions on our planet. All so he doesn’t need to go anywhere. Not quite sure if …

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How to see the world’s Penguin Species

There are 17 penguin species on the planet, all of which are confined to the Southern Hemisphere (with the possible exception of the Galapagos Penguin, which lives on the equator). The list has been broken into three distinct regions being 1) Antarctica and sub Antarctica Penguins (8 species), 2) New Zealand Endemic Penguins (4 Species) and 3) Other Penguin Species …

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14 Wildlife Photography tips from Sharon Wormleaton

Top tips from wildlife photographer Sharon Wormleaton for making the most of your wildlife photography. 1. Equipment/gear A digital SLR is essential for wildlife photography. The ‘point and shoot’ cameras just don’t have the reach and require a lot of digital zoom resulting in loss of image quality for far away subjects. Also essential is a telephoto lens, preferably at least …

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Adelie Penguins Doing Just Fine, Experts Say – But Thanks for Asking

Having a tough week? Then spare a thought for the Adélie penguins at Cape Denison, in Downtown Antarctica. Imagine…there you are going about your penguin business, waddling here and waddling there, happily tending to your penguiny errands when all of a sudden BAM! An alarmist newspaper article is published in the Sydney Morning Herald claiming that you’re all but practically …

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10 facts about Elephant seals

Elephant seals in Antarctica are a fantastic site to behold on any trip to Antarctica and one of the region’s most unique and recognisable species. An Antarctic cruise is an icy safari, with many different species of animals to observe. One of our favourite species is the Elephant Seal, here are some fun facts about these magnificent creatures and the …

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Wandering Albatross – 8 Things we bet you didn’t know!

The Wandering Albatross is one of the giants of the avian world. A truly majestic bird to witness in flight, a sighting can certainly be an incredible part of your Antarctic expedition cruise. Should you be lucky to see a nesting site, you will be one of the privileged few! These incredible animals can fly on fishing trips for 14 …

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Fun & Inappropriate Facts about Antarctic Whales You Really Ought to Know

Imagine this: you’re on the deck of your Antarctica cruise charter in the company of fellow adventure travellers, admiring a pod of Minke whales as they surf behind the wake of your vessel. Everyone’s in awe; the only sound being the clicking of cameras. And then there’s you. ‘Did you know that Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis once built a …

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Climate Change and the Impact on Whale Migration – How WE Can Make a Difference

Global warming is back on the spotlight this week, thanks to 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference which has just wrapped up in Paris. This is a topic that strikes the chords of our collective hearts. We are ocean lovers, nature lovers; lovers of unspoiled wilderness and majestic wildlife. We are immensely proud to guide visitors to the heart of …

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The majestic Weddell Seal of Antarctica

So here I sit. On Useful Island, in the middle of the Gerlache straight, Antarctica. Funny place to sit down and write- but I MUST tell you about this guy. This is our final landing on an 11 day Antarctic peninsula cruise. It’s been a fantastic adventure, penguins, sea ice, huge icebergs, calm seas (yes I said calm seas!) and a …

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10 Penguin species you need to know before travelling to Antarctica

If you are planning a trip to Antarctica, it’s a good idea to know the different  penguin species you will encounter. There are a total of 17 species of penguins and only 6 of these are found on the Antarctic mainland. However, there are plenty of other penguins you will discover on your way there.

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