Antarctic animals - The most abundant and best known animals from the southern continent. Penguins, whales seals, albatrosses, other seabirds and a whole range of invertebrates you may have not heard of such as krill which form the basis of the Antarctic food web. These are the charismatic mega fauna that you have seen pictures and film of, though you may be surprised to find that they live far more interesting and complex lives than you imagine.

Antarctic Animals - A List of Animals Found in Antarctica

Antarctica has an abundance of animal life, almost all of it being dependent on the sea. The largest truly land animal is a wingless midge about 13mm / 0.5 of an inch long. As the animal life is dependent on the sea and are mainly warm blooded, they tend to be pretty large as a survival technique against the extreme and relentless cold. That Antarctica can support such an abundance of large animals is a result of the productivity of the southern polar sea. Follow the link for the animal to find facts and more pictures.


Emperor penguins
 Aptenodytes forsteri

King Penguins
  Aptenodytes patagonica

Adelie penguin
Pygoscelis adeliae

Chinstrap penguin
  Pygoscelis antarctica

Gentoo penguin
  Pygoscelis papua


Weddell seals  Leptonychotes weddelli

Southern Fur seal  Arctocephalus gazella

Southern Elephant seal
  Mirounga leonina

Crabeater seal
 Lobodon carcinophagus

Leopard Seal
 Hydruga leptonyx

Other Animals

Whale species
- species and lifestyle

- Euphausia superba

Wandering albatross
   Diomedea axulans

Snow petrel
  Pagrodama nivea

Antarctic skua
Catharacta maccormicki

Blue eyed shag Phalacrocopax atriceps

Giant petrel Macronectes giganteus

Cape pigeon   Sheathbill

Antarctic tern Sterna vittata