Discover the Wildlife of Antarctica

The Antarctic Peninsula is home to an abundance of wildlife with vast colonies of penguins, seals and pods of whales. 

The amount of wildlife that guests have the opportunity to observe on an Antarctica cruise is what sets this destination apart from any other place in the world and what makes it so utterly unique. Every day will be a feast for the senses, a veritable parade of wildlife as you savour the rare chance to witness a part of the world have stepped foot on.

Discover Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands with Scenic Eclipse and the on board Discovery Team. From going out very early in the mornings scouting landing sites for the best places to take guests, to standing in the bridge with the captain working together to see where the weather and wildlife is best to anchor the ship, this is what sets Scenic Eclipse apart from any other ship.

This is an environment where plans will change if a beautiful wildlife encounter occurs, making each day in Antarctica special and unique.



Whale watching is one of the great drawcards of an Antarctic cruise. Without a doubt the opportunity to observe these enormous marine mammals against the pristine backdrop of the one of the world's most breathtaking destinations is a once-in-a-lifetime experience

See the whales of Antarctica >

view of Emperor Penguin in Antarctica from Antarctica Ocean Cruise


Penguins are the cute, small, drawcards of an Antarctic cruise. Seeing various penguin species going about their lives in their snowy colonies is certainly a highlight of every voyage.

Meet the penguins of Antarctica >



The nutrient rich waters of the Antarctica region support flourishing colonies of seals. When not immersed in the deep hunting for food, they can be spotted gliding gracefully through the waters or lounging comfortably on the pack ice.

A first look at Scenic Eclipse's inaugural Antarctica voyage

Your Antarctica wildlife checklist:


  • Humpback whale
  • Killer whale (Orca)
  • Blue whale
  • Southern right whale
  • Sei whale
  • Minke whale
  • Fin whale
  • Sperm whale


  • Emperor penguins
  • King penguins
  • Adelie penguin
  • Chinstrap penguin
  • Gentoo penguin
  • Macaroni penguin
  • Rockhopper penguin


  • Weddell Seals
  • Crabeater Seals
  • Southern Elephant Seals
  • Leopard Seals
  • Antarctic Fur Seals


  • Snow petrels
  • Blue Eyed/Imperial Shags
  • Antarctic Skuas
  • Sheathbills
  • Cape Petrels
  • Giant Petrels
  • Wandering Albatross
Scenic Eclipse Wildlife
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