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MAKING FRIENDS IN ANTARCTICA

rh-and-elephant-sealThis is my wife Rebel relaxing with a native of Antarctica while on a visit to the Palmer Science Station there.  Getting up close and personal with Antarctic wildlife is so easy as they have no fear of us at all, be they seals, elephant seals, or penguins.

Better not get too close to male elephant seals in domination combat, however, as they can weigh up to 7,000 pounds.  And steer clear of full grown leopard seals, which are apex predators weighing over 1,000 pounds.  No worries, though, for Rebel with this young fellow.  Experiencing Antarctica is always a memorable adventure. (Glimpses of Our Breathtaking World #94 photo ©Jack Wheeler)