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Svalbard Courageous Walrus
Once, Russian photographer Vadim Balakin was shooting walrus rookery on an island in north of Spitsbergen. Usually walrus rookery on the coastline can be approached no closer than 100 meters, because they begin to worry and go into the water. But that time, a curious young walrus separated from the group and swam towards the group of photographers. For about 10 minutes it swam along the coast 30 m away and then spotting no danger it came very close showing an obvious curiosity.
When it approached literally a meter, a photographer lied down and got a wide-angle lens. But such a situation was dangerous, because the animal feels that the opponent is smaller and in this case can show aggression. After walrus began to make sharp thrusts forward, trying to stick his fangs at the spot where Vadim was, he decides to be back on his feet, however after making a few amazing close photo shoots. That was probably the most fascinating and intimate contact with wildlife in his practice. Moreover, one of his photos became the best on the National Geographic contest in August 2014.