Southern Giant Petrels Sketches

Here’s a couple of drawings I did of the juvenile (all grey head) and adult (white head with some grey dapples) Southern Giant Petrels, where I was mostly trying to get the parts of their bills down to memory.

In the bottom photo, you can see the female and male Giant Petrels, next to the next size down bird from the Antarctic, the Brown Skua.  Lastly, the gull is a Black-Backed or Dominican Gull.  These are the main avian predators found around the Antarctic, although they’re more likely to scavenge from washed up carcasses or eat limpets, in the case of the gull.  All of them would be happy to eat a penguin chick if one was handy, though.

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Gray Malin’s photoseries brings kitschy accoutrement of summer pool parties to Antarctica. In turn, the cool arctic landscapes become conflated with summer waterparks– a reality that’s perhaps not too far off considering how fast the glaciers are melting!! You can purchase the prints here with proceeds going to The Climate Reality Project. 


Hydrothermal vents in the Southern Ocean are the physiologically most isolated chemosynthetic environments known. Recently, UK researcher has discovered the first species of yeti crab known from these environments, where is the dominant macrofauna - With 700 crabs per square meter.

Kiwa crabs, aka Yeti crabs are currently three known species, K. puravida and K hirsuta, which are from the deep sea off Costa Rica and the hydrothermal vents on the Pacific-Antartic Ridge.

The new species called Kiwa tyleri, has adapted to this very limited sized habitat, by living in highly-packed densities and by relying on bacteria they grown on they fur-like setae for nutrition.

  • Photo: In order, a male and female Kiwa tyleri scale bar is 10 cm; by Thatje et al. 2015.
  • Reference (Open Access):  Thatje et al. 2015. Adaptations to Hydrothermal Vent Life in Kiwa tyleri, a New Species of Yeti Crab from the East Scotia Ridge, Antarctica. PLoS ONE