Sail To Antarctica

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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To sail to Antarctica is to spend quality time leisurely watching and walking near the most exciting wildlife colonies in the world. For penguin lovers especially, the lands from South Georgia to Antarctica are a constant source of awe and delight, as the very different-looking kinds of penguins go about their business with alacrity. There are 18 species of these flightless birds alive today, and they are mostly cold-weather birds of the southern hemisphere, so if you sail to Antarctica, you can see them on almost every island.

For sheer clamor and cacophony, it's hard to outdo a humongous colony of penguins. Rookeries are dirty and they are noisy! Squawking, squabbling penguin parents recognize each other and their chicks through their calls despite hundreds of thousands of crowded penguins who look just like them. Not only that, but adult penguins return to the rookery where they were hatched.

Sail to Antarctica to See Native Penguins

Many of the penguins are found on many of the islands in the region, but there are only two true Antarctic penguins: the Adele and the Emperor. Southern Ocean cruises on ice-reinforced ships let you get close to these huge colonies, but if you are on Antarctica and a curious penguin approaches, you may not touch! All wildlife is protected by the Antarctic Treaty, so you may photograph, but not disturb.

The Adele penguin has the classic penguin "look" of being dressed in a tuxedo. The Emperor is the biggest, and sometimes baddest, penguin. It can get up to three feet tall and weigh up to 100 pounds! The beautiful yellow and orange markings around its neck are a gorgeous contrast to the overall black-and-white coloring. If you sail to Antarctica on smaller ships, you can see these busy little penguins in huge numbers on the White Continent.


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