Up Close And Personal: Paul Nicklen Meets The Leopard Seal…

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I love this video – the photography, the story, the incredible encounter. Man’s triumph over fear.

 This is the most humbling and endearing nature story I’ve ever heard or read about. This video is an incredible visual account of Paul’s encounter with a leopard seal. The Book Bench says, “…four-day experience with a leopard seal” – about 13 feet long and 3 feet wide. Yikes!

 The leopard seal is a dominant predator in its environment. Found mostly in the frozen Antarctica – but also found in some warmer climes – South America, New Zealand,  Australia and South Africa. The females are larger than their male counterparts. The gestation period is about 9 months to birth and the baby is called a pup. It is not a team player, mostly a solitary predator but gets together with other leopard seals during the mating season.

 To think that the seal had his camera and head in his jaw. Makes you want to cry – it’s that awesome!  An edge-of-your-seat kind of story. As I watched the video and followed his narrative, I was absolutely mesmerised by the sheer courage and beauty – a humane interaction between man and animal. It was like a friendship waiting to happen.

 I am an island girl and am familiar with fishes and animals in the marine environment I grew up in. But this has to be the bomb! I hope that Paul’s book “Polar Obsession” nestles among our favourite coffee table collections and private libraries.

 As someone who is an avid amateur-ish photographer, I can say, standing at the low-end of the chain, that the photography in this post is the highest-end of great professional photography. There is also something about Paul’s photography in this video: heart-warming and awesome-ly spiritual. The Book Bench says of the class of photography, “…one of the best of shots of his career.”

 When I read about his life and experiences in this part of our world I can understand why the empathy for nature becomes second nature to him. It’s a spirituality that reaches beyond photography. His heart is telling the story.  The camera helped and enabled him to share this  incredible experience.

 This is a story worth sharing.

Author: IslandMeri

I am based in Port Moresby, the capital city of Papua New Guinea. The purpose of this blog is to share my magic moments in Papua New Guinea, elsewhere in the Pacific and the world. I have many creative pursuits - singing, songwriting, amateur photography and blogging.

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