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Male elephant seals
Sub-Antarctic islands are often teeming with wildlife.
They are far enough south to benefit from the huge seasonal
productivity of the Antarctic Ocean (that area of sea to
the south of the Antarctic Convergence) but not so far south
that they are wildlife-unfriendly by being ice-covered and
with an extreme cold climate. As a result the shallow and
protected beaches in particular are often teeming with seals
and penguins such as these Southern Elephant Seal males
jousting for supremacy and these King Penguins who are far
too regal and aloof to indulge in such roguish behaviour.
Picture courtesy of Mike Usher
- Mike went on a Ross Sea expedition on board the Kapitan Khlebnikov
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