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Harbor Seal

Harbor Seal
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Copyright: Adam Hays (Adam73) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-25
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-27 10:37
Viewed: 2996
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These Harbor Seals were about 100 yards away. Could barely make them out with your naked Eye. My friend Manyee spotted them. I ran back to the car to grab my Canon 500mm and Canon 2x TC and this is an uncropped shot of them with manual focus.


Male harbor seals generally grow to 5 - 5 feet in length, weighing 200 - 250 pounds, while the smaller females reach approximately 4 to 5 feet, weighing 150 - 200 pounds. Harbor seals are thought to live to at least 25 years. Males mature at 4 - 6 years, females earlier. Pups, weighing 12 -20 pounds and measuring about 2 feet, are born in the spring. Unlike many other seal pups, harbor seals are able to swim from birth, although they are dependent on care and milk from the mother for 3 - 6 weeks before they venture out on their own. While tending their young, harbor seal mothers are very protective and will sometimes push the pup beneath the surface or carry it on her shoulders to avoid danger. Harbor seals have been shown to dive as deep as 600 meters; their average dive time is 2 minutes and the maximum dive time is 15 minutes (see Costa and Williams. 1999. Marine Mammal Energetics. (figures 5-25 and 5-26) in Reynolds III, J. E., and S. A. Rommel (eds). 1999. Biology of marine mammals. Smithsonian Institution Press).
source: http://www.cresli.org/cresli/seals/hbrseals.html

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nice one, TFS Ori

I guess 1000mm of lens will get you some results. Good sharpness. Sounds like you had a busy day at the coast.

Evelynn : )

Hi Adam,

At the the first eye catch, I only saw the big fat white one, but looking more closely I saw the other one as well, very good camouflaged. They seem to enjoying seal life.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-27 21:07]

Hello Adam

A wonderful post of this harbour seal.Very well captured in their natural environment.Well focused with sharp details.A very interesting post.TFS


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-27 23:48]

You really managed the exposure well on both of them, the white one and the blakc one. Not an easy task. I too like to see them in their natural environment, lounging on a bed of kelp. Very sharp image. Amazing results considering the distance.
TFS. : )

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