Leopard Seals, Extreme Close Up

It was well over a year ago when I first saw National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen’s dramatic images of leopard seals, narwhals, and polar bears in their native Arctic and Antarctic environments in a quick spread of NatGeo magazine. Well, along with the release of his new book Polar Obsession, Nicklen’s camp released the above really fantastic video of his encounters with leopard seals on south pole sea ice. Apparently, they thought he looked hungry. Which is rather a great deal better than believing he looked delicious.