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Amazing Encounter With an Adorable Elephant Seal Pup (Video)

“This young elephant seal is what’s known as a “weaner” — recently weaned and about 2-3 months old. I refer to it as “he”, but we really couldn’t be sure what the gender was.

I was part of an expedition with Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris, my second trip with them to Antarctica. The excellent Cheesemans’ staff made sure that all expedition members understood and followed the rules for visiting this wilderness: no food, no waste, maintenance of distance from the wildlife, and appropriate behavior around the animals. We were directed and reminded that we should walk slowly at all times, and not disturb or touch any of the wildlife.

On the islands and mainland of the Antarctic Peninsula, the required distance is 30 feet (10 meters) from a nesting colony of penguins or other birds, and 15 feet (5 meters) from “loafing” animals. But, if wildlife approaches you, closer proximity is allowed. There is no baiting, feeding, or approaching the animals to facilitate interaction with visitors. All close interaction happens by chance and is initiated by the animal itself.”

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8:32PM PDT on Jun 25, 2014

Most humans might not be aware of this , but we have an innate need to be one with nature. Looks like animals have it too.

This baby seal communicated so much, if only someone could understand her. She turned around and even returned back as if they were long lost friends.

Amazing Amazing !!!

4:46AM PDT on Jun 25, 2014

exquisite texture photography

9:45AM PDT on Jun 15, 2014

An amazing encounter...

6:16PM PDT on Jun 13, 2014

Wonderful

11:37AM PDT on Jun 12, 2014

What an amazing experience. It looks like he was just looking to make new friends that he could bundle with. Thanks for sharing.

8:47PM PDT on Jun 10, 2014

A fascinating experience, interesting video! The wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula/islands must be quite fascinating to witness first hand.

5:08AM PDT on Jun 10, 2014

cute

7:31PM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

Wonderful video, what a precious baby :)

9:54AM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

Thanks

7:29AM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

Beautiful

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