The southern elephant seal is a truly restrained behemoth. Males can grow to be five times larger than females, up to 5,000 pounds. This elephant seal may look fierce, but he was simply yawning over and over in the wave-wash. This allowed me to try multiple ways of getting this impressive pose, including lying down in the water without disturbing him.” — Nature’s Best Photographer, Justin Hofman

I love this picture- the seal looks like he’s giving the photographer a jolly ‘Oh, you!’ kind of look.

Source: Ocean Views 2012 Competition (Smithsonian)

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