Wildlife photographer snaps a smiling seal pup

THIS Harp Seal pup is a natural in front of the camera and is melting hearts with its adorable grin.

Wildlife photographer, Keren Su, crawled across the ice on his stomach to snap this beaming face.

The Canadian Harp Seal beams for the camera
A Harp Seal smiles for the camera at Iles de la Madeleine in East Canada. Picture: Keren Su / Lonely Planet / Caters News

Mr Su, 60, travelled by helicopter to the remote Iles de la Madeleine in East Canada to spend time with the seals.

“I was only allowed a limited time with the seals and in order to get the pictures I wanted I had to crawl on the ice so the pups wouldn’t be afraid of a huge stranger,” he said.

The Canadian Harp Seal look all snug in the snow
A Harp Seal snoozes in the snow at Iles de la Madeleine in East Canada. Picture: Keren Su / Lonely Planet / Caters News

“After they had gotten used to my smell I could get closer and closer until my camera was right in front of them.

“When they became relaxed they would behave in the cutest ways imaginable.”

Harp Seal pups only stay white for a short window of 10 days.

Harp seals, including puppies that are 14 days old or older, are slaughtered annually in a commercial hunt sponsored by the Canadian government, which has drawn intense criticism over claims of unnecessary cruelty. Organisations like IFAW are campaigning to have the hunt stopped entirely.

Mr Su has dedicated years to taking the ideal picture and his most recent work also includes snapping Emperor penguins in its natural habitat of Antarctica.

 

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/travel/news/say-cheese-wildlife-photographer-snaps-a-smiling-seal-pup/story-e6frfq80-1226243310357#ixzz1k1Ka06PT

 

Source: News.com.au

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