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A National Geographic Photographer’s Incredible Antarctic Experience

Here’s a video that’s going viral on YouTube. National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen traveled to Antarctica to photograph leopard seals in the water. After arriving, they came across one of the largest leopard seals his experienced guide had ever seen. What happened next you’ll have to see to believe:

For more on this event, you can read this interview with Paul Nicklen, and check out the photographs that resulted in this gallery.


 
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  • http://twitter.com/drewchurch Drew Church

    Wow! This is incredible. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://twitter.com/eugenephotoblog Eugene

    Yep, this video is amazing! I posted it on facebook and tweeted it a few days ago as well.

    Petapixel readers may be interested in purchasing (or finding out more about) Paul Nicklen's book Polar Obsession. It is available on Amazon.com.

    Cheers,

    ~Eugene

  • joakimbergquist

    What a fantastic thing! really well done and what a story!!!

  • http://publikaccion.es/ publikaccion

    WOW, looks like a great adventure :-D

  • Mcsomething

    ANTARCTIC, not Arctic.

    Get it right. Leopard seals don't live at the North Pole, nor do penguins.

  • Name

    So this National Geo nature photographer goes to Antarctica and allows a leopard seal to continue to kill penguins for no purpose for four days? What is so great about this?

  • jakobleberkas

    ?? funny comment, you got me there for a moment :-)
    Honestly, I think you didn't get the point (but I actually did get it)

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Thanks for the catch. Fixed the post title :-)

  • Phred

    No purpose? You can't be that stupid. Then again, some people are just that….

    The vid is a fantastic look at nurturing in nature.

  • Mcsomething

    ANTARCTIC, not Arctic.

    Get it right. Leopard seals don't live at the North Pole, nor do penguins.

  • Name

    So this National Geo nature photographer goes to Antarctica and allows a leopard seal to continue to kill penguins for no purpose for four days? What is so great about this?

  • jakobleberkas

    ?? funny comment, you got me there for a moment :-)
    Honestly, I think you didn't get the point (but I actually did get it)

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Thanks for the catch. Fixed the post title :-)

  • Phred

    No purpose? You can't be that stupid. Then again, some people are just that….

    The vid is a fantastic look at nurturing in nature.

  • M Robertson

    AmericaLover, that's a horrible thing to say. You're an ass.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=553347915 facebook-553347915

    This story is amazing!

  • http://shuttersounds.thedailynathan.com nathanyan

    It's called the Circle of Life

  • Robert_B

    Absolutely awesome.r

  • AmericaLover

    Penguins in Antarctica are kinda like illegal Mexican immigrants in Arizona. You could loose a few thousand of them and no one would really care. There are plenty more where they came from!

  • M Robertson

    AmericaLover, that's a horrible thing to say. You're an ass.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=553347915 facebook-553347915

    This story is amazing!

  • http://shuttersounds.thedailynathan.com nathanyan

    It's called the Circle of Life

  • http://www.vegasvacationbids.com/ Jeff

    Very interesting story!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Courtney-Fretenborough/1332739815 Courtney Fretenborough

    this video is absolutely amazing. and there was purpose to this video and what the seal was doing. although the seal saw him as a predator, that seal did everything it could to make sure that the man would live. seriously?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Courtney-Fretenborough/1332739815 Courtney Fretenborough

    this video is absolutely amazing. and there was purpose to this video and what the seal was doing. although the seal saw him as a predator, that seal did everything it could to make sure that the man would live. seriously?

  • Hithere

    Are you in love with it now? I think I would love that animal after that.

  • Mike

    Some penguins are endangered species. Leopard seals aren’t. Kill ‘em all as far as I’m concerned. And if anyone is worried about the penguin population getting ‘too large’, overfishing will take care of that unfortunately. :(

    I know one thing- if I had been there, I’d have put a bullet in the head of every ugly, penguin-killing leopard seal I saw.

  • Mike

    Some penguins are endangered species. Leopard seals aren’t. Kill ‘em all as far as I’m concerned. And if anyone is worried about the penguin population getting ‘too large’, overfishing will take care of that unfortunately. :(

    I know one thing- if I had been there, I’d have put a bullet in the head of every ugly, penguin-killing leopard seal I saw.