Antarctica – Whales

Blue whales are the largest animals ever known to have lived on Earth, being up to 100 feet long and weighing 200+ tons. To put that in perspective, their tongue alone can weigh as much as an elephant! Seeing one in Antarctica would have been amazing, but being rare I wasn’t so fortunate this visit.…

Antarctica – Seals

When is a seal not a true seal? When it’s an eared seal! So what’s the difference? True seals (phocids) are unable to use their rear flippers for propulsion and thus generally move slowly and clumsily. They loll around on land yet swim with grace. The true seals I saw around the Antarctic Peninsula included…

Antarctica – Penguins

What is it about penguins that we find so adorable? Their clown-like walks? Their formal attire? Their grace in water? Or maybe it’s their dedication as parents, raising one or two chicks, requiring weeks without eating while they stand guard. They are birds who can’t fly yet swim better than fish. I recently had the…

Mingling Wombats

The main aim when rescuing wildlife is to return the animal to the wild, healthy and with the skills to cope. Orphaned wombats (joeys) that are hand raised on bottled milk need to learn to dig burrows, burrow etiquette when encountering other wombats, and many other coping strategies that their mothers would normally teach them.…


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