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Authored by Maya Beano

 

Witnessing humpback whales gracefully surface in the Gerlache Strait during sunset was a breathtaking moment shared by many of us on the Island Sky. As the Antarctic landscape painted a mesmerizing backdrop, the wonder among us echoed the profound beauty of these majestic creatures. The whales danced in the icy waters, creating a poignant connection between us and underscoring the importance of preserving these fragile ecosystems for future generations.

Two humpback whales swimming in tandem are pictured here, with the fluke of one of them resembling an orange butterfly as it catches the sunset.

Photo: Humpback whales gracefully surface in the Gerlache Strait during sunset.

 

Photo: Antarctic Landscape.

 

As the sun dipped below the horizon, tranquillity settled over the icy expanse, casting a spell of soft, ethereal hues. The Antarctic landscape transformed into a canvas of pastel blues, pinks, and purples, gently merging with the pristine white of the ice. The afterglow painted a picture of serenity, mirroring the delicate balance and reminding us of the fragility and resilience inherent in the polar environment. The interplay of soft icy colours became a silent ode to the interconnectedness of science, art, and the profound beauty that unfolds when humanity harmonises with the wonders of the natural world.