Image ID: 10001295
Caption: Crabeater seal skeleton with lichens (mainly Xanthoria elegans ) and scattered mosses (mainly Bryum argenteum ) growing on nutrient-enriched soil and stones around carcass. Such seal skeletons are frequent up to several kilometres inland on James Ross Island, the older ones being colonised by mosses and lichens as 'nutrient oases'
Keywords: Crabeater seal | Antarctica | Bryum argenteum | Lobodon carcinophagus | Mummified | Seal | Terrestrial | Wildlife | Xanthoria elegans | skeleton plant
Location: James Ross Island, San Jose Pass, above Martha Cove
Season: 1988/1989
Photographer: Chris Gilbert
Image size (pixels): 3642 x 2378