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Big Nose

Big Nose
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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: 2007-02-19
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-24 12:48
Viewed: 4383
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On our recent trip to see the Piedras Blancas Colony, we stopped at a vista point on a bluff a couple of miles away from the main rookery. There we saw a few elephant seals sunning themselves on the beach. Most of them were weaners (young pups born this season), but there were a few young adults too. We can tell this one was young because of the relative small size of his nose and body (Full-grown adult males weigh in at 2 1/2 tons and measure up to 16 feet long). By the still bleeding wound on his right side, you can tell that he has just lost a fight to mate. That is another reason why we find him outside of the main colony.
The rough skin on his neck and chest is part of a thick pad that protects the males from their chest-to-chest encounters during mating season.

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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I suppose it is his pride and joy... but that is one honking big nose! It all a matter of point of view. And... speaking of such, I like the pov you chose. This is a time when a centered composition really works. Nice sharpness and saturation.

Evelynn : )

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-02-24 13:32]

Beau cadrage et belle netteté.
Bonne journée.

Hi Manyee, nice pow, excellent details and compo.
A good work!!

Yes, this is big Nose Manye.
Interestng study shot. Thanks for sharing. stev

Boy I tell ya, my stuffed nose feels just like that for the past few days. Great close up of the snoz Manyee. :)

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-02-24 16:21]

Great POV Manyee! Certainly draws attention to his nose...;-)

Wowo, it's a really big nose :)
I like very much the point of view. Sharpness and colours also good.
Best wishes

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-24 22:15]

Hi Manyee,
Great portrait of this big boy with a face only an elephant seal could love. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-02-27 18:07]

Hi Manyee

I think you have captured the essence of a male elephant seal here. James

Oh Manyee,this is really a good one :-). I like the POV and the play of light.TFS

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