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Northern Elephant Seal

Northern Elephant Seal
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Copyright: karen abel (kabel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 0 N: 95] (552)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-04
Categories: Fish
Exposure: f/5.5, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-18 9:34
Viewed: 2372
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Elephant seals are a protected marine species and migrate to Piedras Blancas Beach in central California. One can view these amazing animals from a wooden boardwalk erected to protect them. The beach is off limits to people.
"The Northern Elephant Seal, Mirounga angustirostris, is an extraordinary marine mammal. It spends eight to ten months a year in the open ocean, diving 1000 to 5000 feet deep for periods of fifteen minutes to two hours, and migrating thousands of miles, twice a year, to its land based rookery for birthing, breeding, molting and rest. The Piedras Blancas rookery, on Highway 1 seven miles north of San Simeon on the California Central Coast, is home to about 15,000 animals(www.elephantseal.org."

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-12-18 11:58]
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Hello Karen,
this is a splendid image with great sharpness, depth and beautiful light; excellent composition, POV and nice natural colours. Well Done!

Hallo Karen
I like the different colours in this image very much. I alos like the depth of field and the vertical presentation. These fellows seems to just enjoying being lazy, lying, basking in the sun. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-12-19 14:53]
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Hello Karen,
A great shot of these magnificent animals. They look like thay are having a fine time just basking in the sun on a beach all to themselves.. Love the vertical presentation and excellent detail. The colors are true and natural and the DOF is super. Well done!!

Beautiful landscape with seals in the fg by the sea, Karen. Nice tall frame capture and have a wonderful holiday season to you.
Kind regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-02-01 15:33]
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Hello Karen
this is a special view of special animal. How exciting to witness in reality.
Good view and lovely presentation of nature in progress.
i like this as this animal never exist in my place.


Hi Karen,

Good shot, I have been here a few times on they way back from San Francico to So Cal. They are always here around Thanksgiving, when I do a road trip to SFO. Once I stood over a cliff enjoying the ocean and there was a bull just underneath the cliff away from my sight, he suddendly made a gigantic blowing noise, it scare the heck out of me. I nearly drop my camera. I love watchint he babies and the male fighting each others. Great lead of the vision into the background of coastline and blue ocean.



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