So, you want to be a wildlife photographer? You’ll definitely have to be aware of the many dangers that come with the job. Surely, you’ve heard of what happens when you get too close to wild animals — like getting chased by angry lions and elephants, close encounters with creatures that get too curious, and polar bears trying to break into protective enclosures (to state a few). But perhaps there’s nothing quite like being mauled by the cuteness of baby elephant seals while out in the field.
Such was the story of Australian Geographic photographer Chris Bray, who runs a wildlife photography tour company in various parts of the world. In 2017, he was with his wife Jess (who is also a wildlife photographer) during their first photo tour to Antarctica and South Georgia when they had the adorable encounter he caught on this video he shared via ViralHog:
“It was while we were ashore in South Georgia on this huge gravel beach filled with King Penguins and elephant seals, that Jess laid down on the ground to get some cool low-angle shots of some passing King Penguins, when suddenly one of these huge baby elephant seals flopped over to investigate Jess, and was soon joined by another. Before she knew it, she was being squashed by several of these 100kg+ adorable animals, snuffling, burping and sniffing all over her… Eventually Jess managed to extract herself from underneath these guys and escape.”
It’s definitely an unforgettable experience, but he also reminds us that it’s not something everyone should be chasing after. “You’re not allowed to go too close to the wildlife of course, but it’s a different story when they come up to you!” Visit Chris Bray’s YouTube channel for more of his wildlife photography tour videos.
Screenshot image from the video by Chris Bray via ViralHog