Photographing wild gorillas is scary. Taking pictures of baby elephant seals? Not so much. In this amazingly cute video, Irish broadcaster Charlie Bird encounters a pair of friendly elephant seal pups while photographing on a beach in Antarctica. Apparently if you lie on the sand near pups, they’ll come to you to cuddle and to investigate your DSLR.
It’s not just Canons — seal pups are curious about Nikon DSLRs as well:
Here’s what Cool Antarctica says about interacting with southern elephant seals (in case you ever get a chance to):
Antarctic seals are generally completely unafraid of man despite the inglorious days of sealing when hundreds of thousands of them were killed fir their fur and/or blubber. These days the recommendation is to stay considerably further away [...] The only time these seals get very upset is if you approach them walking upright [...] If you get down low as this guy has done, they are pretty much unfrazzled
You’ll want to keep yourself and your camera a good distance away from the adults though: the males average 8,800lb and 19ft!