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Who knew leopard seals were friendly

November 17, 2009

After seeing these photos, I ran into the video above. As the YouTube blurb explains:

National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen shares the incredible story of his personal encounter with a predatory leopard seal in the frigid waters of the Antarctic. These photographs–and many more–appear in his book, Polar Obsession. Available at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/books.

Amazing stuff. I guess I never realized how big Leopard Seals actually are.

(HT to Zooillogix)

  1. November 18, 2009 at 2:03 am

    A number of photos and videos have been made showcasing friendly leopard seals over the years. Certain members of the species seem to develop quite a fascination for humans.

  2. Wes
    November 27, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    That’s kinda like the sperm whale that keeps leaving giant squid on my front porch. If anyone wants some calamari, I’ve got more than I know what to do with.

  3. November 27, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Your front porch? In landlocked Indiana? That’s some whale!

  4. Wes
    November 27, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Yes, he is.

  5. November 28, 2009 at 12:38 am

    Ah, I should have known you knew the legendary long-distance leviathan.

    Having watched this again for the first time in aeons, I’m thinking we should call Fuller “the angry red herring”🙂

  6. Wes
    November 28, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    I’m thinking we should call Fuller “the angry red herring”

    Great. Now I have a mental image of Steve Fuller coated with petroleum jelly….

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  8. Wes
    November 29, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    “You can’t just coat yourself with artificial mucus and slip through the long fingers of science! It’s wrong, and it’s gross!”

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