Facing Fear: National Geographic Photographer Teaches us How in Scary Encounter with Leopard Seal (Video)

National Geographic photographer and leopard seal

No matter how accomplished, cool, or experienced we are, all of us get scared sometimes.

Even veteran National Geographic photographers, like Paul Nicklen, who was, as he says in the video below, terrified, before meeting up with a huge leopard seal in Antarctic waters. Nicklen says, “my legs were shaking and I had dry-mouth.” What happened? How did he deal with facing fear? You have to check out this gorgeous video to find out! 



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Starre Vartan

Starre Vartan has been covering eco fashion, natural beauty, ethical travel, and sustainable design for over a decade. She's written for magazines (Whole Living, Metropolis) and online (Huffington Post, MNN, Elle.com, Inhabitat) and she has been honored as a thought leader by Glamour and Self magazines, as well as quoted in the New York Times (thrice). She's the author of "The Eco Chick Guide to Life: How to Be Fabulously Green" (St. Martin's Press) which was based on her longrunning blog, Eco-Chick.com. Starre was born Down Under in Sydney, Australia and has dual citizenship with the United States, as she grew up and was educated in the Hudson Valley of New York. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Geology from Syracuse University and a Master of Fine Arts in Nonfiction writing from Columbia University. She splits her time between the Connecticut coast and Manhattan and loves to read, hike, snowboard, horseback ride, travel, and she will swim in almost anything (from lake to sea, cenote to mountain swimming hole).