Skeletons and Mummies Litter the Shores of Antarctica


A whale skeleton located at Jugla Point, Antarctica, has become a popular site for amateur photographers and tourists. Patrick Endres/Designpics/Getty Images
A whale skeleton located at Jugla Point, Antarctica, has become a popular site for amateur photographers and tourists. Patrick Endres/Designpics/Getty Images

The polar continent of Antarctica is a fascinating place. It's captivated human imagination for centuries, and though modern scientists and tourists have taken the place of frost-bitten explorers of ages past, there's still much to learn about the globe's southern cap. One of the more intriguing features is that, due to the harsh weather conditions in Antarctica, bones and animal remains, either washed ashore or deposited by glacial changes, are remarkably well-preserved. Check out these eerie images from the islands of Antarctica for a taste.

A dead seal was mummified by the harsh climate on Antarctica's Canada Glacier.
A dead seal was mummified by the harsh climate on Antarctica's Canada Glacier.
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The skeleton of a blue whale sits near the shore on King George Island, Antarctica.
The skeleton of a blue whale sits near the shore on King George Island, Antarctica.
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A gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua) sits among the bones of a whale in Antarctica.
A gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua) sits among the bones of a whale in Antarctica.
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A whale bone sits on the shore of one of Antarctica's Aitcho Islands.
A whale bone sits on the shore of one of Antarctica's Aitcho Islands.
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The remains of a wooden boat sit amid whale bones on the shores of Trinity Island's Mikkelsen Harbor.
The remains of a wooden boat sit amid whale bones on the shores of Trinity Island's Mikkelsen Harbor.
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Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella) on a beach near an assortment of whale bones.
Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella) on a beach near an assortment of whale bones.
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A mummified Adelie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) found on the shores of an Antarctic beach.
A mummified Adelie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) found on the shores of an Antarctic beach.
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