Not many people know that wildlife in Antarctica isn’t just made up of penguins. The Antarctic is home to a great variety of wildlife, including whales, seals, and polar bears. Although Antarctica is arguably the loneliest continent on Earth, this doesn’t mean it is completely void of life.
The continent of Antarctica is the southernmost landmass on Earth, surrounded by the Southern Ocean. Its landmass is almost entirely covered in ice. Despite its harsh climate, Antarctica is home to nearly 1,000 species of animals and plants. The wildlife of Antarctica has adapted to the dryness, low temperatures, and high exposure common in Antarctica.
For instance, penguins that live in Antarctica have special adaptations to deal with the cold weather. For example, they have thick layers of blubber beneath their skin that help them stay warm.
The wildlife in Antarctica is quite diverse and interesting, despite their differing needs due to living in one of the severest environments in the world. Let’s take a look at some of these animals in this infographic: