Leopard seal fell in love with this photographer!


1The Photographer

Paul Nicklen is a wildlife and nature photojournalist specializing in the Arctic and Antarctica with an emphasis on climate change.

2The Assignment

Once he was assigned to Antarctica to photograph Leopard Seals.

3Leopard seal

Leopard seal is an active predator and is the second largest seal in Antarctica. In Pauls own words “When you get in the water with a wild animal, you’re essentially giving yourself to that animal because, as humans, we’re quite helpless and vulnerable in the water. You’re at the seal’s mercy. You’re at the predator’s mercy.”

4Biggest seal

Seeing this seal, Paul said to himself “Bloody Hell! That’s the biggest leopard seal I’ve ever seen!” He jumped into the waters to photograph it.

5Approaching predator

When he jumped and swam towards the seal, it was catching a penguin. Seeing Paul, the seal right away dropped the penguin and moved towards him.

6This is the end!

She opened her mouth and Paul thought it was going to be his end.


She opened her mouth, took his head and camera in her mouth and did this threat display.

8You are so cute!

Suddenly, she went off and caught a live penguin and showed it to Paul.

9What are you doing?

She looked amazed and frustrated to see that Paul is not eating anything that she offered.

10You, poor animal!

She thought Paul was a useless predator in her ocean and started to feed him by bringing first weak and then dead penguins.

11This is how you do it!

Then she showed Paul, how to eat penguins and offered him partially consumed ones.

12Just taste it!

She then started to take penguins and pushed them into his camera. It must have thought that camera was his mouth.

Watch the video


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