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Mom and Pup

Mom and Pup
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-02-23 10:38
Viewed: 3336
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On our trip to Central California last weekend, we went to see the elephant seals at the Piedras Blancas beaches, one of the few elephant seals rookeries in the world. This scene is particularly heartwarming because it symbolizes the fantastic come-back of these amazing sea mammals who teetered on the brink of extinction a mere century ago
(Only 50 to 100 individuals were left by 1892). In the 1800's they were slaughtered wholesale for the oil that could be rendered from their blubber. Given protected status, their population has rebounded in full force (See Workshop).

If the animals look grainy to you, it is because they cover themselves in sand. Using their flippers, they scoop up sand and spray it over their bodies to keep themselves warm and to protect their skin from the sun.

See pictures of the Ano Nuevo Colony.
See pictures of the Piedras Blancas Colony.

Northern Elephant Seal
Mirounga angustirostris

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.


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This photo is well composed. It appears to be a tender moment between mother and offspring. Well done! I was at the same beach last summer when they were molting.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-02-23 10:58]

A great shot Manyee. I have always wanted to visit this location. Great composition and POV. TFS James

Looks like baby is on to you! I love that eye. The babies have grown a lot since we were there in December. I like having mama there for scale. Nice shot.

Evelynn : )

Hi Manyee,
a nice family shot wiht good composition.
I like the low POV. Fine details and good DOF.
Well done, my friend.

  • simon182 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 304 W: 70 N: 292] (1357)
  • [2007-02-23 11:50]

Really great job Manyee,

A touching mother and pup moment. You've composed it excellently and show us a tight shot which seems effective. The detail is good and we can make out grains of sand on their coats.
The light has cast an interesting light though it has left mum in the shade.
Good job and great note,


Great atmosphere Manyee. very pretty shot. tfs. Stev

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-23 20:48]

Hi Manyee,
Great mother/daughter shot with lots of atmosphere. Your capture is well composed with great depth of field and details. Thanks Manyee.

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-02-28 10:33]

Nice shot and composition Manyee. Very sweet.TFS

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