Hey Handsome-My Antarctica Odyssey

So still. At many places I mistook them to be rocks. They were mammoth seals of Antarctica. Lazing around. In exquisite white and exotic black colors. Oblivious of the surroundings. I was delighted seeing them in so much peace.

When first time zodiac driver noticed seals while cruising, me and my fellow occupants    in zodiac got super excited. And hoped to see them do some activity but none of the seal moved. They were stationary. With zodiac engine switched off, so that there is no sound distraction, we waited.  In fact, had to wait quite long to see one seal rise.  And I was thrilled seeing majestic weddell seal.

Antarctic seal

Seal basking in sun
Seal basking in sun
Seals lazing around
Seals lazing around

Seals are integral part of Antarctica’s ecosystem. I saw plenty of them basking in sun. They showed no fear of human visitors. Never moved when anyone approached near. Seals remain under sea ice most of the time and dive deep to find their prey. They mainly eat krill and fish. In summer they come over Antarctica land and ice floes to breed.

Handsome seal seal staring atme
Handsome seal staring at me

I will never forget one exciting instance when me and one charismatic seal gazed at each other. I blurted out, “hey handsome!” And seal opened his mouth complimenting me. I giggled, waved at him and moved seeing my guide signalling me to come back. I narrated the sweet incident to my guide and she burst in laughter.

Mammoth seal
Another mammoth seal

Seals are huge aquatic mammals. Six species of seals are found in Antarctica. These are weddell,  crabeater, elephant, ross, leopard and fur seals. I was elated that I happened to see most of them closely. They may have weighed from few hundred kgs to few thousand kgs. I had seen seals earlier in water parks of Australia. But seeing them in Antarctica, in their natural habitat, was truly an amazing experience.



  1. What an amazing trip! Seals have always been my favorite animal, I’ve been trying to get the Canadian seal hunt stopped since middle school too many years ago to count. Now I live in Denmark where people wear seal skin coats and no one bats an eye. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to that 🙁

    I loved your photos and reading about the seals, they seem every bit as wonderful as I thought they would be!

  2. As soon as I opened this post I saw snow and seals and I my first expression was wowwwww… Seriously these clicks are so pretty and I really hope you had a great time there.

  3. This looks absolutely amazing and I would love to see seals in the wild here. I can’t believe how heavy they can be! What an incredible trip!

  4. what a fantastic experience! I have seen seals in their natural habitat in the south Atlantic coast of Argentina, they were quite still too!

  5. I know that seals can be terrifying but they’re just so adorable not to appreciate. I’ve watched countless videos of seals trying to slide and..er, run I think? Haha, however they move is what I mean. If only there is a way for me to live realistically in Antartica, I would gladly do so in a heartbeat!

  6. This sounds like such a great experience. Seals look so lovely, it was nice they were relaxed having people around too.

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