Antarctica is a very special place, with flora and fauna that you will not meet anywhere else on the planet. Multitudes of penguins, great soaring albatrosses, awesome whales, "cute" fur seals... the biologists dream.
These pages introduce much of the wildlife I met on my visit (there is much I didn't see too). If you're planning to visit the region please take time to read the guidelines below, if not, please just enjoy the pictures.
Unfortunately these pages are not yet complete, you can currently visit:
It is usual to hear the saying "Take only pictures, leave only footprints" when visiting a beautiful place, well Antarctica is no different.
In fact, it is more important to adhere by this good advice whilst in the Antarctic than any other place I know. Taking away a few pebbles can destroy a penguin nest and letting a plastic bag (yes the one you had your camera wrapped in to keep dry) blow off in the wind continues to add to the pollution of this "pristine" environment.
Why do we put food in the refrigerator? So that it doesn't decay - well the Antarctic is one big refrigerator, nothing decays there, so don't even throw that banana skin away.
Anyway, what follows are a few guidelines for the visitor, which should help keep Antarctica a wonderful and beautiful place. Incidently, the Environmental Protocol which came into force in 1991 (lasting for 50 years), prohibits activities which could be damaging to the environment and/or the aesthetic and scientific values of the Antarctic. Visitors are bound by national laws and regulations applicable to activities in the Antarctic.
Protect Antarctic Wildlife
Respect Protected Areas
- Do not use aircraft, sailing vessels or other equipment that may disturb wildlife
- Do not feed, touch or approach (even to take photos) animals in anyway which may alarm or disturb them
- Do not damage plants by walking / driving over them
- Do not use guns or explosives and keep all noise to a minimum to avoid disturbing wildlife
- Do not bring any non-native organisms to the continent, e.g. dogs, cats, fruit, houseplants
Respect Scientific Research
- Know the locations of specially protected areas
- Observe applicable restrictions
- Do not damage, remove or destroy historic sites and monuments or any artifacts associated with them
- Always obtain permission before visiting support facilities and reconfirm pre arranged visits 24 hours before arrival
- Always comply with rules regarding such visits
- Do not interfere with or remove scientific equipment
- Do not disturb experimental study sites, field camps or supplies
Keep Antarctica Pristine
- Know your capabilities and the dangers posed by the Antarctic region
- Plan activities with safety foremost at all times
- Keep a safe distance from wildlife
- Take note of your instructors advice, they know best
- Do not walk on glaciers or large snow fields without an experienced leader, crevasses are a real and always present danger
- Do not enter emergency refuges (unless required) and make sure to replenish any supplies you may use if you do enter
- Respect any smoking restrictions, as a rule you should treat Antarctica as a non-smoking environment
- Do not dispose of any litter on land
- Open burning is prohibited
- Do not disturb or pollute lakes or streams
- Any materials discarded at sea must be disposed of properly
- Do not paint or engrave rocks and buildings
- Do not collect biological or geological specimens as souvenirs (rocks, moss, bones etc.)
- Do not deface or vandalize buildings