When I was in Northern California in April, I simply couldn't get enough of seals/sea lions. Any time I was by the coastline, I was hoping to hear barking and see some blubbery seals sunning themselves. I'm not quite sure how my obsession got started (most likely from frequent trips to the Central Park Zoo as a child), but I am happy to report that I spotted them in Santa Cruz, Carmel and San Francisco. However, unlike National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen (whose book Polar Obsession came out last week), I didn't get too close to any them and none of them tried to feed me a live penguin. That's right, a Leopard Seal tried to feed Nicklen a penguin (more than one, in fact) and he caught the whole thing on camera, since that's what nature photographers do.
Nicklen's video showcasing his incredible photos has already become a YouTube sensation, and it's not hard to see why: He's submerged in the water in Antarctica with a potentially vicious Leopard Seal (check out her teeth!) and she just wants to feed him. He's very lucky that she didn't think he was a penguin!