Lazy seals

In Antarctica, we regularly see seals, mainly Crabeater, Weddell or Leopard Seals. Most of the time, we see these animals hauling out somewhere on land and doing very little. We often get the question why these animals are so lazy. They don’t seem to do anything at all besides sleeping…

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Weddell Seal at Stony Point

 

However, I don’t think this is really true. It’s just that we only see those seals when they are hauled out on land. The time when they are active, they swim or hunt under water, which is a place where we can’t see them. So it’s more our perception instead of them really being lazy.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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