Ice and Medicine at the end of the earth

8. Are there ANY animals?


   Thanks for the question!  The answer depends on the season here at McMurdo.  In the winter there are no animals in town.  There are still no animals today.  As the ice melts, we will see Adelie penguins near town and occasionally emperor penguins.  We may see Minke whales, Orca Whales, and seals if the ice near town melts out enough.  The one animal that runs wild around here in the summer is the Skua bird.  I have heard that it is quite a pest and will try to scare you if you are carrying a dinner tray hoping that you will drop food.  I have not seen these yet.  They are related to the gull family. 

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