We had to go further north than ever before to reach the sea ice this year, and after a long while searching in vain we finally noticed a huge male gorging on a seal carcass. Moments later we noticed a female with a cub lying down, waiting for the moment when the male was once more full and on his way to lie down processing the blubber.

The male had caught the seal a while back, and had feasted on it for quite some time on our arrival, but there was enough to go around as the female and the cub was quick to move in each time the male was temporarily full and took a rest away from the carcass. The kill was quite far out on the ice, so the boat was unable to get close, but eventually the female decided to move closer to the open water were we were, and thus a great opportunity opened up for us.

  • Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Camera: NIKON D4S
  • Focal length: 700mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/800 s