Being a model is so tiring
|Copyright: Gareth Lusty (theLizardMan)
|Date Taken: 2005-01-08|
|Exposure: f/4.3, 30 seconds|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2005-01-12 6:10|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Fur seals are the most frequently encountered seals in this area of Wellingtons south coast.This photo was taken at red rocks. |
Seals belong to a group of
mammals known as
feet), and are distantly related to bears and dogs.
All pinnipeds have streamlined bodies, and
limbs modified into flippers. Pinnipeds are
divided into three families:
the walruses, true seals
and eared seals. True seals do not have external ears, cannot turn their hind flippers forward and have fur on both surfaces of their flippers. On land they move in a caterpillar-like hitching motion. Eared
seals include fur seals and sea lions. They have
external ears, hind flippers that can be turned forward under the body and the
undersides of their flippers are naked. They are
capable of “walking” on land.
Fur seals have clearly visible external
ears, a pointed snout and long pale
coloured whiskers. Adult males reach
about 2 m nose to tail length, and may
weigh 185 kg. Adult females reach 1.5
metres long and weigh up to 70 kg.
Their coat is a dark grey-brown on the
back, and lighter below. The thick
underfur is a rich chestnut. In some
animals the guard hairs have white
tips giving them a silvery appearance.
They feed mainly on squid and small
mid-water fish but also take larger
species such as conger eels, barracuda,
jack mackerel and hoki.
In this region fur seals normally come ashore to rest after long periods at sea, or
sometimes to moult. Occasionally they are forced ashore by rough weather,
fatigue, illness, injury, or they may be entangled in debris or net fragments.
All seals should be treated with caution. They have large teeth and can become
aggressive. All seals move surprisingly quickly on land.
This fur seal was the only one on shore while i was there but there was others out at sea playing and feeding. After this pic the critter lay down and went back to sleep.
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Great pic, was the seal singing or yawning?????