Our Planet: Top 5 Wildlife Encounters

Thursday, 11th April 2019

Becky Masih

humpback whale underwater blog

Nothing beats the thrill of being breathtakingly close to some of the world’s most incredible wildlife. From the wonders of the deep to the land mammals of the Arctic, wildlife and nature have always been at the heart of Discover the World. Inspired by Blue Planet Live and the hugely anticipated Netflix series, Our Planet (narrated by none other than Sir David Attenborough!), we invite you to take a quick glance at five of our most popular wildlife encounters from around the planet…

1. Polar Bears

Weighing up to 600kg, polar bears are fearless and powerful hunters. See them near Churchill, Canada on the shores of Hudson Bay as they wait for the sea to freeze over so they can hunt seals. As many as 1,200 polar bears gather here each year.

We recommend: Classic Polar Bear Adventure

Also meet them in: Spitsbergen

2. Humpback Whales

From spy-hopping to tail-slapping, they’re fascinating to watch. With luck, you’ll witness a breach – 30 tonnes leaping from the sea – or bubble-net feeding when they corral shoals of fish.

We recommend: Into the Blue, Iceland

Also meet them in: Canada, Alaska, Spitsbergen, Antarctica, Australia, see all whale watching holidays

3. Orangutans

Living in lowland and tropical rainforests, this large, gentle red ape is native to Indonesia and Malaysia. Regarded as an ‘umbrella species’, orangutans are significant in creating the environment for the fauna and flora that make up the biodiversity of the south-east Asian rainforest.

We recommend: Krakatoa and Komodo Island, Indonesia

4. King Penguins

The second largest penguin species can be distinguished by their sleek black and white bodies speckled with vibrant orange flashes on the side of the head and the top of the chest. The vast rookeries of South Georgia offer truly one of the most impressive spectacles in the world of wildlife.

We recommend: Peninsula, Falklands & South Georgia

Also meet them in: The Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Macquarie Island, Tierra Del Fuego

5. Orca

Instantly recognisable from their distinct colouring, iconic dorsal fin and highly social behaviour, orcas inspire both awe and wonder whether watching them hunt or witnessing playful antics.

We recommend: Orcas and Aurora, Iceland

Also meet them in Norway, Canada, Antarctica, Alaska, Australia, see all whale watching holidays

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