BED OF SEALS

CRISTO­BAL SER­RANO, SPAIN Win­ner, An­i­mals in their En­vi­ron­ment

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Kea -

A group of crabeater seals doze on an ice floe at the tip of the Antarc­tic Penin­sula. These seals, wide­spread in Antarc­tica, are de­pen­dent on sea ice for rest­ing, breed­ing, avoid­ing preda­tors such as killer whales and leop­ard seals, and ac­cess­ing feed­ing ar­eas. Cristo­bal waited in a rub­ber dinghy un­til the sea was rel­a­tively calm be­fore launch­ing his drone to fly “high and smoothly … us­ing lownoise pro­pel­lers to avoid dis­turb­ing the seals”.

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