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Old Feb 15, 2010, 12:22 PM   #1
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Check out this movie clip - foolhardy or brave? Amazing behavior recorded nonetheless

http://www.wimp.com/photographerpredator/
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Holy Moly, That's was incredible. Nature is amazing. It never ceases to blown me away. Thanks for the post.
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WOW. that is one of the most amazing stories i have seen, and the images he was able to get are just something you wouldnt ever think could happen.
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Absolutely Amazing !! Thanks for sharing
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My only complaint is that it should be titled "Moron" vs Predator...

Amazing shots, and I suppose, if he HAD been eaten, maybe someone could have gotten the memory card intact after the seal had, err, "processed" the moron...

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there is a fine line between brave and moron, and genius and moron, etc.

that line is usually whether they failed or succeeded.
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WOW!!! thanks for the link.
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Give him credit for his dedication. We do look sort of like big seals in water. The downside of that is that sharks seem to think so, too. Most shark attacks are supposedly by mistake, which is why so many people end up maimed instead of eaten. "Oh, eww... that's not a seal!"
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there is a fine line between brave and moron, and genius and moron, etc.
that line is usually whether they failed or succeeded.
Well, he has been photographing in high latitudes where humans are scarce long enough to learn the behavior of many of the animals, and has probably photographed these before, and so it would have been a calculated risk, but the line between a calculated risk and a miscalculated risk can also be a fine one. Fortunately for him they don't see many humans down there, so she may have thought him a starving seal pup to be adopted, but if any time in those four days he spent with her she realized her mistake and would have opted for a meal . . . .
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Well, he has been photographing in high latitudes where humans are scarce long enough to learn the behavior of many of the animals, and has probably photographed these before, and so it would have been a calculated risk, but the line between a calculated risk and a miscalculated risk can also be a fine one. Fortunately for him they don't see many humans down there, so she may have thought him a starving seal pup to be adopted, but if any time in those four days he spent with her she realized her mistake and would have opted for a meal . . . .
I'm a great fan of calculated risks. And the calculations include worst case scenario's, and what to do if they occur. In his case, there would have been nothing he could do. In my opinion this is just plain stupid.

There are certainly things worth risking your life for. Taking good pictures of a Leopard Seal aren't one of them.

All that aside - Thanks for a fascinating line and images.

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