This mischievous seal looks royally chuffed as he sits proudly among thousands of king penguins. The young male elephant seal can't help but smile as he relaxes on Macquarie Island in Tasmania, Australia, surrounded by the colourful colony of breeding penguins.
The seals and penguins share the picturesque island but usually reside on opposite ends - until this curious pup set out to prove he was the real king of the beach. His adventure was captured on camera by Gunther Riehle, who made the trip from his home in Kirchheim unter Teck, Germany, on a wildlife photography vacation. SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS.