When thinking about diving in Antarctica you probably expect to see lots of ice and the occasional marine mammal. But there is so much more to see below the surface. Life in the Southern Ocean is diverse and abundant. The temperature under the ice is higher than on the surface and therefore a wide variety of small colorful creatures can happily live on the sea floor in great numbers.

What sea life to expect when diving in Antarctica?

  • Starfish
  • Anemones
  • Sea Slugs
  • Jellyfish
  • Isopods
  • Crustaceans
  • Krill
  • Kelp
  • Coral

We have operated and guided many diving expeditions to the Antarctic over the last 20 years and have always been surprised by the amazing sea life on many occasions. Only a fraction of the Antarctic seafloor has been explored, making almost every dive exploratory and unique!
During one of our voyages, underwater photographer Erling Svensen was able to document an incredible amount of the Antarctica sea life while diving. Thanks to his detailed eye and photography skills, we can all enjoy the beauty of Antarctica’s (many endemic) life on the sea floor.

Some of the sea life found in Antarctica is so colorful, you would think you’re diving in the tropics:

 Other sea life you’ll find on the ocean floor in Antarctica looks like it came straight from another planet:

We are confident to say that diving in Antarctica is a unique experience and you will surely see ocean life that you’ve never encountered before! Besides the many little creatures living on the sea floor, there’s also a good chance you’ll see penguins underwater, or even get a visit from a leopard seal!

Read more about polar diving and our expedition cruises to Antarctica:
All details on our polar diving operation
A day on an expedition cruise in Antarctica
Polar snorkeling in Antarctica
Under water photography in the polar regions

Wish to learn more or book your once in a lifetime polar diving expedition to Antarctica? Simply contact one of our travel experts, we’ll be happy to help!

All photos are copyrighted by Erling Svenson and Waterproof Expeditions.


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