One of the great tourism frontiers for travellers, explorers and
adventurers is Antarctica, Earth's southernmost continent. Located in the
Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere, it is home to the geographic South
Pole. This remote region is popular with tourist seeking an experience that is
different and memorable.
The Antarctic region is
home to an extraordinary range of wildlife, both living on land and in the
waters of the Southern Ocean. Among the many creatures are marine mammals known
as seals and sea lions. There are a number of species to be found in the
Antarctic including Crabeater seals, Elephant seals, Antarctic Fur seals,
Leopard seals, Ross seals, Sea lions and Weddell seals. Once hunted to near
extinction, seals are now protected.
Sea Lions (Phocarctos hookeri), also known as New Zealand Sea Lions, are
one of only five species of sea lions in the world.
Leopard Seals can be seen often on the pack-ice surrounding the Antarctic
continent. A solitary animal, they are known to travel some distance from the
Antarctic with recorded sightings in Tasmania and Heron Island.
Australian Government -
Australian Antarctic Division website lists
Australian tour operators for the Antarctic. For those planning to include
Macquarie Island World Heritage Area, information is available from the
Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service.
Many thanks to Jennifer Cooke for sharing the story and images of
the wonderful tour she went on with Aurora Expeditions to Antarctica.
Source: Images courtesy of Jennifer Cooke