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But, speaking of surprises, it's still better to watch that seal than see a scary Walrus popping out right in front of you. Walruses of-course know that nobody, including Polar bears, can do them harm, so this one, maybe 5 feet from my kayak, turned its back on me and just gave me the look.
I once had the urge to hang this photo on the inside of my guest restroom door, so that, you know, they sit down, look up... etc. Would be nice to hear the scream or the gasps. But I'm too kind for that.
Remember: with birds, when they turn their head away, they are actually watching you very carefully! So don't think you're not at the center of their interest. That Ptarmigan was probably thinking: "I wonder how HE will survive the winter here with no feathers on his feet!"
That bear might seem scary, but I did not see, you know, that sparkle of wisdom in his eyes. Wolves are another thing. This wolf, shot (by camera, that is) in central Alaska, has such a look in his eyes that I was certain he was thinking really fast. Well, they are predators who fed many Native American legends!
OK, enough with these scary animals! Cute - Give me something cute!
Well, Adelie Penguins (here on the Antarctic Penninsula) are certainly cute. But be honest with me: aren't these the most blank, not to say stupid, eyes you've ever seen?
This Arctic seal, taken from zero range (I'm in my kayak, he on his little floating ice), really tested my urge to touch it (I didn't). But you've got to admit: isn't he oh-so-cute?
Read more about the cuties of Antarctica in my post Little People of Antarctica - In Love