All rights reserved. Humpback whales swim through Cierva Cove in March In , scientists witnessed a record gathering of more than humpbacks in Antarctica. As the southern continent rapidly warms, some whale populations are booming—while others are suffering from lack of ice. Ari Friedlaender kneels at the front of our inflatable boat as it bobs on the ocean.
Antarctic Animals - Marine Life and Adaptations
A Rare Look at the Disappearing World of Antarctica's Whales
Sperm whales are the largest of the toothed whales, only surpassed in size by the blue whale and other large rorquals. Their diet consists primarily of deep-sea cephalopods including the giant squid. They have a long maturation process, and females and juveniles group together in small family units. Males tend to be solitary and range into higher latitudes than females. Around 30, sperm whales have been estimated in the North Atlantic, with approximately , worldwide. They are most abundant in deep waters with high productivity.
Weddell Sea Wildlife in Antarctica's Icy Waters
These whales, penguins, seals and seabirds have evolved over eons to thrive in this exceptional environment. As a visitor to their realm, there is nothing quite like seeing your first whale breach on the open water, or fearless penguin totter along the sea ice. Any Antarctica trip is equally a wildlife-viewing adventure, so come prepared for fleeting glimpses and marvelous encounters. These magnificent cetaceans migrate to Antarctic waters each year before returning north to breed. Keep your eyes open as you cruise!
From penguins and seabirds to boisterous seals and even gigantic whales — the area is teeming with life. Covering roughly 1. The sea lies within the boundaries of the Argentinian, British, and Chilean claimed territories — although whether anybody actually has the right to land in Antarctica is highly contested. The sea is named after intrepid British explorer James Weddell , who navigated a path through the icy, inhospitable waters in