Dec 03, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer
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As we continued through one of the most photographic areas of the Antarctic Peninsula, we passed by ice floes covered with lounging crabeater seals and were escorted by an assortment of Antarctic birds—giant petrels, kelp gulls, skuas, and the beautiful snow petrel. And just ahead: a large group of pack ice-hunting killer whales!
They had just made a kill, as there was a congregation of birds on the surface above them, foraging on the scraps. As the killers continued along the channel in front of us, they spy hopped and investigated all the seals on nearby floes. Large Type B killer whales predominantly eat Weddell seals, but they’ll take the occasional crabeater. As we watched, it seemed most of us were rooting for the predator.
In the afternoon, we arrived at Neko Harbor for our first continental landing and
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