It is getting near the end of summer here in the Antarctic and there is still much sea ice around the continent. This sea ice is favored by seals as a nice resting location and currently the sea ice around McMurdo Station is dotted with hundreds of seals. I've only seen one lone penguin so far. Penguins need open ocean to hunt for food and usually only come around McMurdo when the sea ice has melted. This year the sea ice is still pretty solid so there has not been a whole lot of penguin activity. In fact, in order to allow the resupply vessel to reach the dock, an icebreaker ship had to lead the way to break up the sea ice. Residents said that a few days after the ice breaker cleared the way, there was quite a bit of marine activity including killer whales (orkas) and several penguins.
In the picture, you'll see a seal making their way up onto the sea ice for nice nap (or whatever seals prefer to do). In the front of the picture, toward the bottom, you'll also notice what looks likes mounds of sea ice. This feature is called a pressure ridge and is formed from the sea ice being forced up against the shoreline (or grounded land). This force causes the ice to fracture and be pushed up on itself. It's quite a beautiful feature.