Antarctic Animals

Antarctic has a rich and diverse spread of animal life, the best know of which are the penguins and whales. The cold Antarctic waters provide a nutrient rich environment which sustains a long and complex food chain, the basis of which is plankton and krill.

This section covers the various animals found in Antarctica. Take a look at the categories of animals below to find out more detailed information on the species found in and around Antarctica.

Birds

Antarctic Birds The Antarctica is rich in bird species, most notably the Penguin, and varying in size from a small petrel to the majestic albatrosses. AlbatrossesAlbatross Information about the Albatroses of the Antarctic, and Arctic regions.   Atlantic Yellow Nosed AlbatrossYellow Nosed Albatross - Photo Steven Chown Atlantic Yellow Nosed Albatross Atlantic Yellow Nosed Albatross Facts Latin...

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Marine Life

Antarctic Marine Life Information about the Marine Life in the Polar regions. Recommended further reading on Antarctic Marine life. Tony Soper, Antarctica, a guide to the wildlife, Bradt Books, 2000, (ISBN 1 84162 019 X) Jeff Rubin, Antarctica, Lonely Planet, 2000, (ISBN 0 86442 772 7) Hempel, G. ed. 1994. Antarctic science: Global concerns. Springer-Verlag. Berlin Sieg, J....

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Penguins

Penguins
Antarctic Penguins "They are extraordinarily like children, these little people of the Antarctic world, either like children, or like old men, full of their own importance and late for dinner, in their black tail-coats and white shirt-fronts - and rather portly withal." - Apsley Cerry-Garrard in The Worst Journey in the World. Seven from the...

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Seals

Seals
Antarctic Seals Without wanting it seals have played a key role in the discovery of Antarctica. Sealers discovered a lot of land and most of the islands during their predatory raids. The discovery and raiding of these new territories almost caused the extinction of certain seal species. Today seals are the only animal species specifically...

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Whales

Whales   Although whales are the largest Mammals on the planet, they are among the most threatened. Whaling operations killed off several whale species and almost killed off several more. The ban on whaling has helped whale numbers to slowly but steadily increase over the past few years. Dispite this ban two countries still practice...

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