Humpback Whale Tail

Frolicking Whales in Wilhelmina Bay, Antarctica

                          We’d spent the morning cruising around the bay exploring some of the incredible icebergs.     The water was glass-like shimmering just as silk does and reflecting ice all around.  It was a world of white punctuated with glistening blue icebergs.   Not long…

Leopard Seal

Leopard Seal Lazing on the Ice

                                    I seriously didn’t expect these guys to be so massive.    Weighing up to 600 kgs, they laze around on the ice sleeping between meals before slithering into the clear icy waters to seek out prey.   I’d…

close up portrait of an orangutan at the sepilok orangutan wildlife sanctuary

Gorgeous Creatures of Borneo

  The gorgeous primates of Borneo offer hours of endless fascination watching their antics as they frolic and go about their daily lives in the jungles of Sabah. The unusual Proboscis Monkey with freaky noses and ears look a little like they’ve sparked numerous sci-fi movie characters, while the beautiful orange young of the Silvered…

Orangutan sits looking up in contemplation in Sabah.

Contemplation

Being in Borneo, and coming face-to-face with these majestic creatures was an amazing experience.  I found their near human expressions and personalities fascinating, yet also on the verge of being a little alarming.  This is one time when I could very clearly see them as our closest relative. Their animated and ever-changing expressions also meant…