Wildlife, birds and whale of the Antarctic
The most important thing to check is the quality of the vessel you are travelling on, and the crew and specialists on board, price is not everything especially as very few people have the opportunity to travel here more than once.
There are several good operators. Don't go for the huge boats, they are not designed for this kind of travel. Anything too small can struggle in bad weather when crossing the Drake Passage, so something between 70 - 150 berths is ideal. Several companies run excellent ships, Russian built ice-rated vessels with extra stability that are small enough to get into the bays and inlets most ships cannot. Read about Birding in Antarctica.
Antarctic Wildlife Guide
This is a no brainer - the 'Complete Guide to Antarctic Wildllife' by Hadoram Shirihai is by far and away the best book. The clue is in the name, which, for once, is entirely true. This comprehensive guide to the mammals and birds of Antarctica is a must for anyone travelling to the region, and the region includes all the subantarctic islands from The Falklands to the Kerguelen Islands, via Tristan da Cunha, Prince Edward Island, Amsterdam Island, Chatham Island and the Islands to the south of New Zealand. Click for more details of the book.
Antarctic Peninsula guide: If you are traveling from Ushuia to The Antarctic Peninsula, another good wildlife guide in Wildguides "Antarctic Wildlife".
Recent Antarctic news
- Japan plans to restart whaling despite ICJ ruling
- Adelie penguin chicks’ weight affected by climate change
- Impacts of year-round Antarctic icebergs threatens biodiversity
- International court rules Japanese whaling industry is illegal
- Some Humpback whales spend all winter in the Antarctic
- New thermal imaging system helps researchers to locate large whales
- Possible fourth species of Killer whale identified
- New research database to track six penguin species
- Leucistic penguin from Antarctica
- 2 Blue whales given satellite tags in the Antarctic
- First Antarctic whale skeleton is home to 9 new species
- Sea Shepherd ships collide with Japanese whaling ship
- Researchers leave port to search for and tag Blue whales in Antarctica
- Landmark move to protect albatrosses in the Western and Central Pacific
- Sea Shepherd unveil ex Japanese research ship to join the fight against Japanese whaling
More Antarctic news
- Are blue whales changing their habits due to climate change?
- Bird family tree created - Throws up surprising results
- 120 marine biodiversity hotspots identified
- New acoustic devices to track and count Blue whales
- Japan urged to stop squandering public cash on dying whaling industry
- Chinstrap penguins in decline on Antarctic Peninsula
- Anti whaling charities harpooning each other rather than fighting for conservation
- Antarctic sea ice loss could lead to loss of 80% Emperor penguins
- IUCN 2012 update - 4 species extinct – 2 rediscovered – Food security waning
- Sea Shepherd boss arrested in Germany
- Wandering albatross laying eggs earlier
- Antarctic ice melt driven by warming seas – Driving sea-level rise
- Satellite images reveal twice as many Emperor penguins as were known to exist
- Hidden cameras record ‘The Secret Lives of Penguins’
- Antarctic warming changing penguin breeding cycles, and success