Are you planning to take some vacation this year,
maybe somewhere wild, exotic, and as close to nature
Here’s a suggestion. Why don’t you book yourself for
a cruise to the untamed, serene, and mysterious Terra
Australis or the Southern Land, the Antarctica, and
discover the joys of whale watching?
Most likely, the first thing that popped into your mind,
the moment you read or hear the word Antarctica, is
vast expanse of seemingly unending land of ice. Miles
and miles of ice, as far as the eye can see, nothing
That description is true to some extent. But you failed
to include some very, very interesting details.
Antarctica is home to some very fascinating plant and
animal life. Although the climate does not support extensive
plant life, more than 200 species of lichens and 50
species of bryophytes such as mosses are found in the
continent. Interestingly enough, there are two species
of flowering plants which have adapted to the harsh
environment in the Southern Land, the Antarctic hair
grass and Antarctic pearlwort. There are also at least
seven hundred species of algae and phytoplankton.
Animal life in the continent is, for the most part,
composed of endemic species and many migratory birds
and other vertebrates. One of the most spectacular sights
in the vast expanse of ice is the hundreds and even
thousands of penguins basking in the southern sun.
There’s one more captivating spectacle in this remote
part of the world which is probably one of the most
fulfilling experience anyone can have, whale watching.
Whale watching is an experience with wildlife. It is
a glimpse of the beauty and magnificence of Mother Nature
in one of her most intimate moments. Whales are some
of the most impressive creatures of the oceans, not
just in mere size but also of physical beauty.
Whales are mammals, just like humans. They are warm-blooded,
have lungs and breathe air, have a four-chambered heart,
and take care of their young with milk from the mother.
However, they are better related to dolphins and manatees
which are also marine mammals. Whale watching will make
you spot the similarities.
Whales are further divided into two groups: the toothed
whales and the baleen whales. The toothed whales (Odontoceti)
have rows of peg-like teeth and one blowhole. They feed
on fish, squid, and other marine animals. Meanwhile,
the baleen whales (Mysticeti) have two blowholes and
rows of plate-like baleen they use to filter krill,
plankton, and fish. Whale watching will bring you closer
to these animals.
There are at least six baleen whales found in Antarctic
waters. They are the Humpback, Minke, Sei, Blue, Fin,
and Southern Right Whale. Five toothed whales have been
documented to be found in the waters off the ice shelves
of the Antarctic. These are the Orca or Killer Whale,
Southern Bottlenose Whale, Sperm Whale, Southern Fourtooth
Whale, and dolphins including the hourglass dolphin
and Southern Rightwhale Dolphin.
Whale watching will bring you a close encounter with
these magnificent creatures and an experience of a lifetime.
These creatures are intelligent with no natural fear
of humans so the experience is even more rewarding.
An encounter like this is indeed an adventure and a
memory to cherish for the rest of your life.
Executing graceful and mesmerizing performance on the
ocean’s surface, these gentle giants are the ballerinas
of the blue oceans. There are at least six elegant movements
to be expected from these wonderful creatures when whale
watching. Whales and dolphins are known for their range
of graceful movements in the water such as breaching,
flipper or fluke slapping, fluke waving, porpoising,
spouting or blowing, and spy-hopping.
If that didn’t convince you of a trip to the Southern
Land, I don’t know what will.
Whale watching in the Antarctic is a close observation
with a few of nature’s most superb organisms, a rare
gateway to one of nature’s most remarkable shows, and
an experience of a lifetime which can be returned to
again and again for some of your life’s most intense
and ecstatic memories. Uncover the exceptional Antarctic
landscape and get to see the rare beauty of the Earth’s
final frontier, a place of exceptional plant and animal
life and an abode to the whales.
About the Author
Jo is a content writer for ‘Antarctica Bound’ (http://www.antarcticabound.com),
experts in Antarctic tours, Antarctic expeditions, and
vacation cruises who are fully devoted to giving the
best possible service and unbeatable value for money.
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watching extensively while savoring the company
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