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Playing with humpbacks

Playing with humpbacks

Marty’s photo of the day #2467: When Deb and I visited Antarctica we had several unforgettable, up-close encounters with humpback whales. I took this photo from our Zodiac (a rubber raft). On this outing, two whales played with our Zodiac—coming in above the water fast, diving under us at the last second, and surfacing on […]

The curious leopard seal

The curious leopard seal

Marty’s photo of the day #2359: This is leopard seal, and below is a short excerpt from my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” about leopard seals: As inviting as the water looked, its temperature wasn’t the only reason to stay dry—a curious leopard seal had swum over to check us […]

Checked out by a leopard seal

Checked out by a leopard seal

Marty’s photo of the day #2029: This is not an earless dog in a swimming pool; this is a leopard seal surfacing near our Zodiac (rubber raft) off the coast of Antarctica. Leopard seals have a reputation for being aggressive, but they weren’t that way with us. They would surface, take a look at us, […]

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