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Bad Decision Making

While swimming with young fur seals, this dominant, breeding elephant seal came racing over to me, attacking me like a rival male. These large bulls reach up to 18 feet in length and weigh up to 8,000 pounds. That is more than a full-sized pickup truck. Luckily, I was able use my underwater housing to push off from the seal’s mouth until I could crawl out of the water.
Photo by Göran Ehlme.