if youre down or sad tonight, watch this seal complain about going into the water and in general be a big baby
During a fortunate opportunity as part of a research team studying population ecology of Weddell seals in the Antarctic, Jessica Farrer and myself were able to record this video of one of the seal pups, recently weaned by its mother and on its own to learn how to survive. A pup must first get in the water to be successful as a seal! For more information on the ongoing long-term research, check out the project’s website:http://www.weddellsealscience.com
Thanks to Lucdarling for the link!
Awesome and cute, follow the project website: http://www.weddellsealscience.com
Can I just talk about this for a second?
This little four year old girl is the spiritual representation of a seventeen year old who’s grown up believing herself to be defined entirely by an impersonal role. Because of that, her Self has never aged past the point at which she learned of that identity, and she acts accordingly. She could kind of fake it in the material world, of course — pretend to be fearless, use violence as an effective shield, wear a mask to appear as a fully-developed adult (if a rather dysfunctional one) — but it doesn’t work in the Spirit World, because in the Spirit World, your emotional state is your reality.
In the Spirit World, when she tries to use violence as a shield, she hurts harmless spirits that don’t deserve it (the baby dragon-bird) and enrages the powerful spirits against whom she herself is powerless. Pretending to be fearless doesn’t work all that well, either.
It’s only when she realizes that she’s valuable, that she has something to offer of her own that makes her special — “I have light inside of me” — that she’s able to get the spirits to back off and transform them back into their proper light selves.
That moment of realization in the last panel there is so incredibly important to Korra’s growth, and I just want to wrap my arms around her and give her a hug for finally figuring it out. She — Korra — has light inside of her. She’s valuable, she’s worthy, she can help, and it’s not because she’s the Avatar, but because she’s Korra. And, when she makes it up the mountain and places the dragon-bird in its nest where it belongs, proving herself as Korra, she reverts to her own proper age, because she’s now ready to be her own adult self instead of a spiritually-stunted permanent child.
(If Tarrlok and Noatak were to visit the Spirit World, they’d have both turned into children, too… and I’d say it’d be quite likely for spirit!Noatak to be younger than spirit!Tarrlok)
Bearded seal ponders on…
We watched this guy for about 30 minutes, I must have shot about 200 images in that time! I love this one as he seems to drum his fingers as if waiting for us to be gone!
Shot handheld from a Zodiac, Nikon D600, Tamron 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 VC
AVATAR MASTERPOST (Contains both Animated Series, Comics and Extras; To be updated as needed)Book 1 - Water: The Boy in the Iceberg ⋅ The Avatar Returns ⋅ The Southern Air Temple ⋅ The Warriors of Kyoshi ⋅ The King of Omashu ⋅ Imprisioned ⋅ Winter Solstice Part 1 - The Spirit World ⋅ Winter Solstice Part 2 - Avatar Roku ⋅ The Waterbending Scroll ⋅ Jet ⋅ The Great Divide ⋅ The Storm ⋅ The Blue Spirit ⋅ The Fortuneteller ⋅ Bato of the Water Tribe ⋅ The Deserter ⋅ The Northern Air Temple ⋅ The Waterbending Master ⋅ The Siege of the North - Part 1 ⋅ The Siege of the North - Part 2
Book 2 - Earth: The Avatar State ⋅ The Cave of Two Lovers ⋅ Return to Omashu ⋅ The Swamp ⋅ Avatar Day ⋅ The Blind Bandit ⋅ Zuko Alone ⋅ The Chase ⋅ Bitter Work ⋅ The Library ⋅ The Desert ⋅ Journey to Ba Sing Se, Part 1 - The Serpent’s Pass ⋅ Journey to Ba Sing Se, Part 2 - The Drill ⋅ City of Walls and Secrets ⋅ The Tales of Ba Sing Se ⋅ Appa’s Lost Days ⋅ Lake Laogai ⋅ The Earth King ⋅ The Guru ⋅ The Crossroads of Destiny
Book 3 - Fire: The Awakening ⋅ The Headband ⋅ The Painted Lady ⋅ Sokka’s Master ⋅ The Beach ⋅ The Avatar and the Firelord ⋅ The Runaway ⋅ The Puppetmaster ⋅ Nightmares and Daydreams ⋅ The Day of Black Sun Part 1 - The Invasion ⋅ The Day of Black Sun Part 2 - The Eclipse ⋅ The Western Air Temple ⋅ The Firebending Masters ⋅ The Boiling Rock, Part 1 ⋅ The Boiling Rock, Part 2 ⋅ The Southern Raiders ⋅ The Ember Island Players ⋅ Sozin’s Comet, Part 1 - The Phoenix King ⋅ Sozin’s Comet, Part 2 - The Old Masters ⋅ Sozin’s Comet, Part 3 - Into the Inferno ⋅ Sozin’s Comet, Part 4 - Avatar Aang
Extras: Un-Aired Pilot ⋅ Chibi Short - Swamp Skiin’ Throwdown ⋅ Chibi Short - School Time Shipping ⋅ Chibi Short - Bending Battle ⋅ Animated Graphic Novel - Escape from the Spirit World 40.5
Comics: (Read these after watching the first series; You will also need to download ComicRack in order to read them) The Promise (Issues 1-3) ⋅ The Search (Issues 1-2)
The Legend of Korra: Book One - Air: Welcome to Republic City + A Leaf in the Wind ⋅ The Revelation ⋅ The Voice in the Night ⋅ The Spirit of Competition ⋅ And the Winner Is… ⋅ The Aftermath ⋅ When Extremes Meet ⋅ Out of the Past ⋅ Turning the Tides ⋅ Skeletons in the Closet ⋅ Endgame
Everything is up to date, in 720p, and logoless. I will update the post as new episodes of The Legend of Korra air. I’ve also included download links to all of the comics that have been released. I will also update them as soon as the new issues are scanalated. Enjoy!
Reblog because the world needs to knowwww.
If I could be any animal at all, I would be a leopard seal.
Look how badass they are. They’re enormous, yet efficient predators with huge sharp teeth. They eat penguins, are almost completely aquatic and live in the antarctic. Orcas are their only natural predators, but they aren’t preyed upon very often.
And they’re adorable. I mean, look at its face. <3 Look how happy it is to be the best animal ever.