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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Elephant seals

Most of the animals we saw on King George Island -- Adelie and chinstrap penguins, fur seals, seabirds -- we saw elsewhere in Antarctica.

But these were the only elephant seals we saw. They were probably twice the size of the fur seals, enormous blobs of fat and fur, and we were only seeing females and immature males. (The males were hanging out on the other side of the rock and they're too dangerous to approach so we didn't see them.)

I love their faces. They don't look quite real. For some reason, they reminded me of the trees with faces Dorothy encountered on the Yellow Brick Road in The Wizard of Oz. Except much smellier.

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