Sunday, February 24, 2008
Antarctica Part 4- Animal Life
Humback Whales are amazing! We saw over a hundred whales while we were on our ship.
It was very difficult to get any pictures of the whales jumping out of the water. They would go down for about 5 to 10 minutes before they jumped out of the water and they could come up anywhere. I was just lucky to see them breach (jump out of the water). The best one I saw was of a mother and a baby together but unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me at that time.
We saw the most beautiful iceburgs. They were all thousands of years old and huge. We had staff on board to lecture us about the wildlife, glaciers, etc. One of them compared an iceburg to a piece of ice floating in your drink. The tiny piece of ice that shows above the liquid that you are drinking is similar to an iceburg. The majority of the ice (about 5/6th) is below the surface. We had to be very careful cruising through the water.
This picture just shows you how close we would get to the whales. Our Captain was awesome! Because we were in a smaller boat he would follow some whales until we found more and then he would move on and follow them. We would spend hours following the different whales in between our stops on land.
Whenever you saw the tail come up you you knew that most likely they were going to dive down for a few minutes. I think I have about 500 different tail pictures. I am only posting a few.
I know the picture can not do the iceburgs justice. They were spectacular!
One of my favorite parts of the iceburgs were the colors. I thought they were just white but they can be light blue and bright turqoise as well.
This is a common site. We would often see iceburgs filled with seals or penguins. This is a baby leapord seal sitting on an iceburg.
Most whales travel together. This is a mommy and baby traveling together.
This is a whale coming down from breaching. The sun was so bright so it was a difficult picture to get.
Here is another seal sitting on the ice.
The whales also like to roll around. Here he is rolling around waving his fins at us saying hello.
Well here is the end for today. I will try to post some more penguins and the huge elephant seals that we saw on shore tomorrow!