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Weddell seal at breathing hole it has made miles from anywhere
Base H - Signy Island Antarctica

  ©Copyright P. Ward - picture taken 1985 / 86

What you see behind the seal is the same all around, I can only assume that there must have been an air of panic when this seal had to break its way through a few inches of ice from below to get a breath. By the time we came across it was quite calm and relaxed however and as disinterested in us as we were interested in it.

The hole itself caused us some consternation as if we approached it, the ice around it sank somewhat and the sea started to spill out over the ice, we'd have felt safer if it hadn't done that.

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This picture is one of a collection assembled in 2007 on the 60th anniversary of Signy Island Base: 60°43'S 045°36'W. Thank you to those who sent their treasured memories of their time in Antarctica and allowed them to be made into a commemorative cd and then placed here on the web.

The reunion weekend was 14-16 September 2007.

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