of the Underwater World category Norbert Wu
eerie underwater whistles, trills and chirps of Weddell seals
filled my ears while I was diving in the Antarctic. These
are the only seals that can live in deep Antarctica all year
round. When the sea freezes over, they use their strong, angled
incisors to carve out breathing holes. The adults in McMurdo
Sound were not bothered by my presence, though they wouldn't
allow me to swim too close.
pup, though, was very curious. It grabbed hold of my mask
and camera while its mother, floating beneath their breathing
hole, kept a watchful eye on us.
V amphibious camera UW Nikkor with 15 mm lens; probably 1/125
sec at f4; Fujichrome Provia (RDPII) 100; strobe.
Photographer of the Year