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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101 comments

Niharika M.
Niharika M.1 years ago

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 !!!

Slava R.
Slava R.1 years ago

exquisite texture photography

Wendy H.
Wendy H.1 years ago

An amazing encounter...

Claudia V.
Claudia V.1 years ago

Wonderful

Jennifer H.
Jennifer H.1 years ago

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

Dale O.

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

Teresa W.
Teresa W.1 years ago

cute

Autumn S.
Autumn Away S.1 years ago

Wonderful video, what a precious baby :)

Alvin King
Alvin King1 years ago

Thanks

Sonali G.
Sonali G.1 years ago

Beautiful