For the past month I have really been doing two things. Working, and editing. This morning while editing I noticed something interesting in the background of some footage.
We didn't know he was back there. from Paddling Otaku on Vimeo.
This is very rough footage, I just threw a couple of clips together to get a feel for what was going on. He is actually in two of the clips, not just the one shown twice at the end. This particular morning we had seen a lot of seals, and they came pretty close. At one point, while I was changing the mount on a camera, my boat got bumped, and when I turned around I saw a large fella submerging. We saw three or four of them this morning, they were with us as long as we were in the ice.
As soon as we left the ice, they stopped following us. What struck me as funny, was that I am now wondering how often they were right behind us, or under us. We would never have known, except we had this camera running off the back of Beth's boat.
With a seal it isn't a big deal, but how many other times are we spied on by animals without our knowledge. It is really Mountain Lions that concern me - not bears. Mountain lions are silent, and can be very aggressive, and cover a pretty big swath of the United States. At least in a boat I know I am okay.
Note. You should probably go full screen with this video. Particularly to see the earliest shot.