Photo by @brianskerry
a large, male harp seal blows bubbles in a display of territoriality beneath 25-foot thick pack ice in canada’s gulf of st. lawrence. the water temperature here was 28.5-degrees f (almost minus 2 c), but exploring this realm of the harp seal was absolutely stunning. unlike a frozen lake, the underside of this sea ice is like a mountainous terrain, with peaks and valleys. it is a convoluted and challenging world in which to navigate, at least for a diver, though the seals clearly have it well figured out. unlike some species of seals, harp seals are not especially interested in humans and don’t want to play. to produce underwater photos i often ‘hid’ amongst the ice and waited for them to dive down through small holes or through leads (cracks) in the the massive ice fields. for a story about these animals for @natgeo i lived on a fishing boat for weeks over two seasons and spent day and night with the seals.