This section contains information, photos and habitat maps about the wide range of Antarctic animals like, penguins, seals, whales etc.

Sections:

  • Antarctic Fish
    Although the first Antarctic fish were caught during James Clark Ross's expedition in 1840, it was not until the 1960's that commercial fishing started. Today fish like seals and whales in Antarctica are covered by the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources agreement.
  • Antarctic Krill
    The Antarctic Krill (Euphausia superba) is the best known of the 85 species of krill.
  • Antarctic Seals
    This section contains information, photos and habitat maps about the various Antarctic Seals species.
    • Crabeater Seal
      Crabeaters are one the most successful larger mammals. Their estimated population counts forty million seals. They seldom come ashore. They live on the shelf ice and make long journeys around Antarctica.
    • Elephant Seal
      Elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) are one of the tallest mammals in the world. The male can reach 4.5 metres in length and 4000 kg in weight.
    • Fur Seal
      The Antarctic Fur Seal (Arctocephalus Gazella) is an eared seal. Contrary to other seals they can move very quickly on the ice.
    • Leopard Seal
      Leopard seals (Hydrurga Leptonyx) are known for their speed and occur mostly along the northern edge of the pack ice.
    • Ross Seal
      The Ross seal (Ommatophoca Rossii) is the smallest, least numerous and least studied Antarctic seal species.
    • Weddell Seal
      The Weddell seal (Leptonychotes weddelli) is the southern most breeding mammal in the world. He can reach 3 metres in length and 400 kg in weight.
  • Birds
    This section contains information about the variety of bird species found in the Polar Regions.
  • Whales
    Although Antarctic whales are the largest Mammals on the planet, they are among the most threatened.
    • Blue Whale
      The Blue Whale (Balaenoptera Musculus) is a streamlined and slender whale, with a small dorsal located about three-quarters of the way along the back.
    • Fin Whale
      The Fin Whale (Balaenoptera Physalus) is found throughout every ocean in the world, from the tropics to the polar regions, but is rarely seen inshore.
    • Humpback Whale
      The Humpback Whale (Megaptera Novaeangliae) is a widely distributed species, occurring seasonally in all oceans from the Arctic to the Antarctic.
    • Killer Whale
      The Killer Whale (Orcinus Orca) is found in all oceans and seas of the world, from the deepest waters to the coast.
    • Minke Whale
      The Minke Whale (Balaenoptera Acutorostrata) is found from the polar ice-edge to the tropics.
    • Sei Whale
      The Sei Whale (Balaenoptera Borealis) is found in virtually every ocean and sea in the world.
    • Southern Bottlenose Whale
      The Southern Bottlenose Whale (Hyperoodon planifrons) is found mainly in the Southern Hemisphere, but have been known to stray as far north as the waters around Hawaii and Japan. They seem to summer around South Africa.
    • Southern Right Whale
      Southern Right Whales (Balaena Glacialis of Australis) are found seasonally around Australia, South Africa, South America and New Zealand.
    • Sperm Whale
      The Sperm Whale (Physeter Macrocephalus) was made famous by Herman Melville's Moby Dick, this is the species most people associate with the word 'whale'.