Antarctica: Wildlife and Wildlife Management

Submitted by The Catt-Trax2 Team on Fri, 2007/01/05 - 3:37pm.

Report prepared by Leanne Isaac and Dan Kriss, students in BCIT's Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Program.

In Antarctica there are a wide range of wildlife species that inhabits this bare (harsh) land and its surrounding waters and includes:

  • whales (Fin whales, Humpback whales, Blue whales, Southern Right whales, Sperm whales, Minke and Orca)
  • seals (Crabeater, Fur, Leopard, Ross, Southern elephant, and Weddell)
  • bird species (Snow petrels, Cormorants, Arctic terns, Albatross, Antarctic fulmars, Sheathbills, Gulls and Skuas) and
  • penguins (Adelie, Emperor, Chinstrap, and Gentoo).

Numerous countries contribute and participate in the management of the wildlife found within the parameters of Antarctica, through expeditions in both summer and winter.

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