Antarctica feeds my soul, senses, and camera more than any other place on Earth. It is all about the wildlife, the encounters, and the experiences. In 2006, I had my first encounter with the supposedly fearsome leopard seal. On that expedition, a huge leopard seal took me under her care for four days and constantly tried to feed me penguins. I have been in the water with hundreds of leopard seals since and I have never known the leopard seal to be anything other than inquisitive, intelligent, playful, curious, gentle and an incredibly cool top predator of icy seas. They always make me laugh and smile just as this one did when it struck this pose. When you look at elephant seals, fur seals, and crab-eater seals, they are covered in scars and bite marks from their constant quarrels. When you look at leopard seals, it is rare to find a bite mark or scar on their bodies. They mostly communicate through gesture and display. They don’t want to bite, and they don’t want to be bitten. Just as @goranehlme showed me the way of the leopard seal in 2006, I felt honored to be able to show the leopard seal to @cristinamittermeier, @andy_mann and @ladzinski. Please follow @Sea_Legacy to see more photographs like these from our extremely talented collective and help us to continue #TurningTheTide.