Whales – this was probably my top sighting. Seeing these elusive creatures in the wild, in this huge blue ocean was extremely special. Watching them at the surface breathing out these huge blows of air, before a deep sea dive, signaled by their flutes flipping out of the sea, was incredible. I must admit I was scared when I saw how big they actually are up close... I was lucky enough to see humpback and minke whales every day. The orcas did not visit on this trip but I will see you someday orcas!
Penguins – everywhere… and they stink! But these are some comical animals to observe. They are very regimented in their daily activity when nesting. Collecting stones to build their nest for their babies. Waddling up and down the penguin highway where they always have right of way, sometimes taking a toboggan slide when it was easier and more fun to get down a slope. There were a few fights from penguins stealing each other’s stones – criminal penguins are real! Laying in penguin poo, which I fell into a couple times, their white tummy is often red... but then they would play about in the water, in their groups, swimming around, following our boat and riding waves, which was pretty cool! We saw Adélie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins.
Seals – they have the cutest little faces (except the leopard seal I saw who looked like a dinosaur) with these big black eyes that stare you down when they want to know what on earth you’re looking at! They sleep a lot and snore, loudly. While out kayaking I got really close to a few, they looked like velvet lumps floating on an ice sheet! Weddell, leopard, crabeater and a baby elephant seal. The baby elephant seal I observed knew he was on camera and posed for a few shots before rolling over and going back to bed!