Jeff Peneston: "This is the smallest of the five Weddell seals that the team gathered data from on the hike across the sea ice. The largest weighed 318 kg (which is about 700 pounds). They are so peaceful, gentle, and confident of their safety in a world without predators above the sea ice, that they allowed the team to walk right up to them. Each seal would roll on to its back and look up at us as if to say, 'what planet are you from?' Both the seal and Dr. Jonas Tielmann were happy to pose for the camera!" On the sea ice of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica.
Credit to read: Photo by Jeff Peneston (PolarTREC 2008/2009), Courtesy of ARCUS