News & information on Antarctica & the Southern Ocean

Fauna and flora in Antarctica and the Subantarctic

Antarctic sea ice may have reached its maximum extent for the year on 2 October

It looks like Antarctic sea ice reached its max extent for 2018 on 2 October, at 18.15million km2.… Read more »

Sun dogs on the northern horizon at Casey Station

Sun dogs are caused by ice crystals refracting sunlight, which create bright spots either side of the Sun.… Read more »

Type-C Killer whales commute long distances from Antarctica to temperate zones

A team led by Regina Eisert of Gateway Antarctica at New Zealand's Canterbury University, has found that Type-C Killer Whales travel great distances from the Ross Sea to waters north of New Zealand.… Read more »

Antarctic seals may use Earth's magnetic field to navigate while hunting

Scientists believe they have found the reason that Weddell seals are so adept at finding breathing holes while hunting beneath Antarctica’s ice – they use the Earth’s magnetic field as a natural GPS… Read more »