The world is white

Today as we transit down the side of Adelaide Island, the outside world is a wall of whiteness. The sea is covered by snow-covered ice, and the air is full of snow. Walking outside, it’s a blinding whiteness in every direction as far as the eye can see, interrupted only by little patches of golden brown ice algae, and sparkles of bright blue from upturned ice chunks. Stepping back inside the aquarium room, it takes a minute to adjust again and see inside the ship. The incredible difference between the world of white above the ice, and the dark blue in the sea below makes us wonder at the adaptations penguins and seals have to be able to see in such a range of environments.

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