This adorable seal cub has won hearts the world over after he was happy to not only pose for a picture – but even ‘waved’ at the photographer.
With its fluffy white fur, huge glassy eyes and friendly wave, the icy seal pup is cute enough to melt even the coldest of hearts.
Photographer Alexy Trofimov snapped the charming pictures of the seal while on an expedition to Lake Baikal in Russia.
Alexy, 45, said: ‘For the seals, I came on foot. The photos were taken from different distances, I managed to get fairly close to the pups.
‘Shooting seals was planned, but it was particularly difficult to shoot Baikal seal pup on the ice.
‘It took me three years to get my first picture.
‘I was happy to be able to capture such a rare picture, seals are very cautious and easily frightened so it is difficult to photograph them.
‘If a seal pup is not too scared, they will begin to become curious about you and this is what this seal was doing.
‘It was a very rare and special moment.’
Photographer Alexy Trofimov, 45, snapped the pictures of the little seal while on an expedition to Lake Baikal in Russia
He had tried to shoot the seals at Lake Baikal for some time, but it took him three years to get his first picture
It is difficult to photograph seals because they are very cautious and easily frightened so shy away from human interaction
If a seal pup is not too scared, they will begin to become curious about nearby humans, and may try to investigate
This baby seal was clearly quite courageous as he did not shy away, but was happy to pose up for pictures
Alexy managed to photograph the cute baby seal at different distances after he gained the tiny animal’s trust
With its fluffy white fur, huge glassy eyes and friendly wave, the fluffy seal pup has melted hearts around the world
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