Antarctica's only gull species, taking what they can find on the coldest continent
Our Expert Says… "Although named because it's often found feeding around kelp, in Antarctica it has become a specialist at feeding on limpets! At low tide, you can often see them diving down to peck them from the rocks. On shore excursions, you might also find a limpet "midden" where the birds gather to eat the limpets they have collected and then discard the shells."
The Kelp gull is the only gull species to be found in the Antarctic. Also known as the Dominican gull and Southern Black-backed gull, it’s widespread in the southern oceans and one of the species you will certainly encounter on your Antarctic expedition cruise!
Pictures of Kelp Gull
Highlights where the Kelp Gull can be seen
Wordie House, Winter Island
Danco Island, Errera Channel
Port Charcot, Booth Island
Devil Island, Vega Island
Georges Point, Rongé Island
Beagle Channel & Lectures
Half Moon Island
Northeast beach of Ardley Island
Our trips to spot the Kelp Gull