It is always sad when you see one of the animals that share this place with you die. But as with most deaths it means life for something else.
Before the sea ice stopped travel we noticed a juvenille Weddell seal had died on the station side of Gardner Island. We also noticed a southern giant petrel feeding on the body. Although giant petrels breed near Davis on Hawker Island, we rarely see them in close quarters and never on the ground so this was an amazing opportunity to witness one of these huge primeval-looking birds feed.
After the giant petrel had eaten its fill, it was the skuas’ turn with several of them vying for tasty morsels. There is a definite heirachy in the southern ocean and it is survival of the fittest still for most.