Right Whale Bay and Rosita Harbour, South Georgia
Stunned, just stunned; wildlife everywhere with carnage, bones and
smells. Massive elephant seals (one of the few animals that smells
better dead) spent much time fighting, snorting and posturing. The
beach master will protect his harem against all males attempting to
muscle in. Every female selected for mating looks resigned and
unhappy (massive dimorphism).
2 females bicker
battlescars on a beach master
baby elephant seal
Penguins follow you, curiosity unbounded. Baby kings clumped together until one smaller one is selected by the giant petrels, its fate sealed as they peck and peck. Time and again this valiant ball of fluff can only stand, try to hide and fail. After minutes, time that seems so much longer the chick falls for the last time and the petrels move in for the kill.
King penguin chick
Rosita Harbour was more carnage as an elephant seal had a stillbirth.
Giant petrel having fed
stillborn seal being fought over
Beach master scaring Caroline
more elephant seal teeth
King penguin soup
Blondie preening (actually leucistic fur seal)
what a nose,
What a day!