When something’s in your way, sometimes you just have to move it – no matter how big it is. So when this king penguin found a giant elephant seal blocking his path to the water, he gave it an almighty slap with his flipper. But he quickly realised his error as the beast, which is 300 times heavier than he is, let out a huge roar and forced him to waddle backwards.
Pick on someone your own size: The giant Elephant Seal reacts after receiving an unwelcome slap
Luckily, that was as vicious as the encounter got, as the penguin slunk off to go the long way round to the sea. The altercation on the South Atlantic island of South Georgia was captured by British wildlife photographer Robert Fuller, 38. He said: ‘Several seals had just come out of the surf and were lying on the shore blocking the penguins from getting to the water. But this young penguin was full of bravado.’
The Penguin Camera is located on Torgersen Island (64°46’S, 64°04’W), off the coast of Anvers Island and less than a mile from Palmer Station. Torgersen Island is home to a colony of Adélie penguins numbering approximately 2,500. This camera is seasonal and operates primarily from October to February, the Adélie breeding season. The camera is solar-powered and may sometimes experience brief outages due to inclement weather. School classrooms and other educational demonstrations will often take control of the camera, moving it to gain better views of the colony.
Location of Torgersen Island
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A lifelong student and confirmed polymath, I am currently on hiatus from the PhD program at the U of Memphis and will begin to write my 2nd book this spring. I have an AS in Biology, a BA and an MA in English, plus I began a degree in Geology while living in CA. I am a retired herpetologist, but my blogs and current interests strive to promote animal conservation, particularly Penguins,Wolves, and Big Cats. I live with the loves of my life, Sissy, a Chihuahua, and Joey, Alero, Jillian, Socks and Siggy - my ThunderCats - who help me cope with narcolepsy.