As if all the non-living threats to your well-being on Antarctic sea ice were
not enough, there are two living threats. One is the killer whale, which
patrols these waters in search of seals and penguins to eat and can easily
consume a person who accidentally fell into the water. The other is the leopard
seal. One of these bulky beasts once dragged the explorer Gareth Wood toward a
watery death before he was able to escape (see Survival Stories).
Another almost got Thomas Orde-Lees during Shackleton's expedition. The
12-foot-long animal chased Orde-Lees over the ice before vanishing back into
the water, only to resurface in front of him, having tracked his shadow from
beneath the ice. The rifle pictured here, William Bakewell's Winchester
.30-.30 carbine, may have been the very weapon Frank Wild used to
finally bring the lunging creature down.
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