2010 Photo Contest, Nature, 1st prize

Paul Nicklen

National Geographic

24 October, 2008

An elephant seal arrives to breed. Bulls can weigh over 3,000 kg, and fight each other for females. Winning bulls may breed with up to 100 mates.

South Georgia is a 160-km-long arc of mountains and glaciers, half covered by snow and ice, half by rock and tundra-like vegetation. A high density of krill (protein-rich crustaceans) in the surrounding seas helps make the island a haven for wildlife.

About the photographer

Paul Nicklen

As a young boy, Paul Nicklen, a Canadian-born polar specialist and marine biologist, moved to Baffin Island and spent his childhood among the Inuit people. From them he learned t...

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