Antarctica: an ecosystem under threat – in pictures

After the first encounter, my fear was overwhelmed by my respect for its grace and power. The seal was 12ft long and probably 1,300lbs, but could glide, accelerate and turn effortlessly. The seal approached me again and again, presenting me with penguin after penguin. I believe she was trying to help me – to teach me how to hunt. It was the most profound imagery of my life, but it had an even deeper effect – I recognised that this phenomenal creature, which was trying to help me find a meal, was in imminent peril because of us.’ Paul Nicklen

The Guardian

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