An Affectionate Seal Snuggles Photojournalist Charlie Bird During an Antarctic Assignment

While following in the Anarctic footsteps of explorer Tom Crean for RTÉ in 2011, award-winning Irish photojournalist Charlie Bird had the opportunity to observe and photograph the local wildlife. This included a particularly affectionate seal who preferred to snuggle with Charlie rather than pose for his camera.

Charlie Bird meets seals while travelling through Antarctica following the route of explorer Tom Crean’s final expedition alongside Ernest Shackleton aboard the Endurance in 1914-15.