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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.

The Hooker's 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.

The 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.

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Hooker's Sea Lions - Antarctica - Snapshots from Australia

Sea Lions in Antarctica
Sea Lions (Phocarctos hookeri) in Antarctica - Images © Jennifer Cooke

Leopard Seal - Antarctica - Snapshots from Australia

Leopard Seal, having hauled itself through a hole in the ice
Leopard Seal (Hydrurga leptonyx), having hauled itself through a hole in the ice - Images © Jennifer Cooke
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