Singles, couples, quarrels, cuddles
Contrary to common belief, Valentine's Day is not just for couples.
At least not in the polar regions: In the Arctic, Antarctica, and certain undisclosed areas of the sub-Antarctic, the third-century Roman priest now known as Saint Valentine is held in particularly high esteem.
Indeed, his February 14th holiday is observed among both the lovestruck and lovesick, sweethearts and singles, the cutest penguins down to the wartiest walruses.
With that in mind, we've compiled 14 pictures celebrating the many faces of polar love. Some show its sugary side, some its fiery side, but all are sure to make your Valentine's Day a little warmer - whether this is a holiday you dismiss or adore.
1. Black-browed albatrosses with breeding on the brain
2. Southern elephant seals engaged in aggressive nuzzling
3. White terns of a feather flocking together
4. Walruses locked in a cute(ish) aquatic kiss
5. Rockhopper penguins experiencing love's rockier roads
6. Spitsbergen reindeer watching each other's backs
7. Polar bear and cub taking cuteness to a whole other level
8. Fur seal practicing his "come hither" pose
9. Sooty albatrosses unbothered by love's occasional storms
10. Arctic fox deciding whether to eat or adore
11. Humpback whales ready to live true to their name
12. Gentoo penguins speaking through deep, soulful looks
13. Arctic hare unimpressed by all forms of romance
14. Unidentified species enjoying a heart-warming sunset