On our polar voyages we have the good fortune to meet with several species of seals; peeking their inquisitive heads out of the water to inspect us, lazing in groups on the ice floes and always keeping a wary eye open for a passing hungry polar bear.
On occasion one may witness the startling act of a polar bear capturing and eating a seal - a necessity of nature, though an emotional burden to witness.
Although we all may recognize seals, these beautiful creatures are often shy and secretive and we know relatively little about them. Whilst they may appear slow and cumbersome when either on the shore or on ice floes, it is in the water that they really come alive and often when diving we can hear their haunting calls and communication in the surrounding waters.
Some species are able to dive to depths of over 200 m in search of jellyfish, whilst others are capable of gaining over 2 kg in weight per day: the seals of the Arctic are an enigmatic but mysterious group of Arctic wildlife.
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