A pod of killer whales swim near the surface of the water.
We awoke this morning to dozens of killer whales around our ship – close enough to see them beneath the surface and hear the breath of each and every animal. These Antarctic specialists live in family groups, led by a matriarch, and it’s their relationships that fascinate me most, especially at a time of year when I think a lot about my own family and friends.
Christmas prompts many emotions. Maybe you’re reading this in a living room jammed with people and feeling surrounded by love. Maybe you are traveling or working today. Or maybe you feel lonely – whether or not you find yourself alone. Wherever you are this Christmas Eve, spare a moment for the natural world, which never takes a holiday from everything it does to sustain us.