The surprise attack happened while a documentary camera crew from London-based film company Atlantic Productions were filming emperor penguins on South Georgia, an Antarctic island near Argentina.
As they filmed they failed to notice a herd of elephant seals heading towards their orange tents.
The cameraman could only watch on helplessly as the massive ocean-going mammals used their bodies to crush his tent smithereens.
But he managed to take it in good spirits, merely scolding them: “You monkeys, I’m a homeless person now!”
The crew was making of a film Adventures of the Penguin King, which is being released on December 6 2013.