Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands - Dec/Jan 2014/15

An iceberg is battered by wind-driven waves, Antarctica

A benthic ctenophore, or comb jelly. Very unique. Weddell Sea, Antarctica.

Shag Rocks

A black-browed albatross soars over Shag Rocks, an important roosting and nesting sight for sea birds near South Georgia.

A playful and curious leopard seal, Antarctica

Trouble

Two young Antarctic fur seal pups come close for an inspection. Soon they will be far too toothy to allow them to be this close.

Courtship

A pair of king penguins court on the cobble beach of Salisbury Plain, South Georgia.

All bark

A juvenile male Antarctic fur seal plays pretty tough, but he's still a few years away from being a real force to be dealt with. South Georgia.

Entry

Chinstrap penguin

Drake Passage

To reach the Falklands, South Georgia, or Antarctica takes a long passage in some of the most temperamental seas on the planet.

Headcount

Thousands of king penguins on the shore of St. Andrew's Bay, South Georgia

Starburst dolphins

Commerson's dolphins can be extremely playful and very curious. Falkland Islands.

Ice takes innumerable forms. Sometimes it's better than art.

Hundreds of thousands of lack-browed albatross nest at Steeple Jason, Falkland Islands.

Curious Commerson's dolphins and a Zodiac full of very happy people. Falkland Islands.

Rockhopper penguins are one of the toughest birds around. Although they look goofy, they're full of determination and skill. Falkland Islands.

Type B killer whale, Antarctica

Female Type B killer whale, Antarctica

Gentoo penguins

Windy conditions whip waves that carve ice bergs, Antarctica

A Weddell seal resting in the shallows of a freezing Antarctic bay.