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Photographer Documents Heart-Stopping Encounter With Leopard Seal

Feb 4, 2015

Paul Nicklen, a photographer for National Geographic, is known for producing stellar photography. Being assigned to wildlife in Antarctica, there’s no telling what he’ll come across.

The perfect example came when he jumped into the water one day to get some shots of seals. Just as he lowered himself into the water, Paul was suddenly approached by a leopard seal. Completely unsure of what to do, he waited, terrified, for whatever would happen next.

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Surprisingly, the seal showed absolutely no threat to Paul and seemed to think he was in distress. So, she brought him penguins to eat, which he politely declined, seeing that penguins were not part of Paul’s usual diet.

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For four days straight, this leopard seal brought Paul food in a panic, not wanting him to starve. Even with the strong language barrier and no way of knowing each other’s lifestyle, these two showed genuine concern for each other.

If this interspecies relationship can exist so suddenly, human-to-human interaction has the potential to be so much stronger.

Credit: Upworthy

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