Image of the Month
Hourglass Dolphin by David Shackelford
Exploring the boundless Southern Oceans is one of the earth’s great
wildlife adventures. Experiences range from marvelling at vast breeding
colonies of King Penguins to soaking up the sheer beauty and drama of
Antarctic itself, or simply enjoying the deep blue of these immense
oceans. Crossing these vast stretches of open water is by no means
uneventful, and it is only once you leave the security of land that one
encounters the true denizens of this wild and seemingly inhospitable
Almost exclusively seen far from land, the beautifully patterned Hourglass Dolphin
is one such creature. This diminutive dolphin, at just over 5 feet in
length, is found only in the polar regions of the Southern Ocean and,
whilst it may be prone to bow riding, it is infrequently seen and
nowhere common. On a recent cruise Indri guide David Shackelford was
fortunate enough to capture this superb image as he approached South
Georgia. On this cruise our guests also enjoyed great sightings of Orca
and the very rare Arnoux’s Beaked Whale (the latter known mostly to
science from beached specimens!)
For an opportunity to experience this region’s incredible
wildlife, join Indri on one of our 2010 departures to the Antarctic and
the islands of the Southern Ocean.
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