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Phoca vitulina

Phoca vitulina
Photo Information
Copyright: Ruud van den Berg (Robespierre) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 178 W: 2 N: 329] (1424)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-16
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-D 80-200 mm/f2.8 ED
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Seals, Reptiles & amphibians [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-16 17:05
Viewed: 4906
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Common Seal ( Phoca vitulina) is quite common in the North sea. They are protected, so it is forbidden to hunt them. The colour of these seals varied from just grey to darkbrown, mostly with dark spots on the skin.
In recent years the number of common seals is increasing again. Also the exist of reception centres is helping to keep the population healthy.
This picture was made in such a reception centre.
This seal was found very exhausted and seriously ill on one of the sandbanks in the Dutch "Waddenzee" (the area with the small islands in the north of the Netherlands).
The animal is recovering from a infectious disease and is almost ready to release in nature again.
I photographed him in the big bassin in the centre where he was swimming around actively. Several times he came with his head out of the water and was looking curious into the world which was absolutely not his world. Hope he's doing well now.

Active, marod, Dave, Libor, coasties, hummingbird24, marhowie, saguzar, mjdundee has marked this note useful
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  • Active Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 113 W: 6 N: 19] (1231)
  • [2006-01-16 17:22]

beautiful one !!! :)))
I like your POV and framing.
nicely composed, very well done

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  • marod (26)
  • [2006-01-16 17:43]

Excelent photo. It is also good to know that their numbers are increasing.
Great POV and definition.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-01-16 19:35]

Very cute!
Excellent capture!
Love the reflection in the eye!

Excellent POV and composition. Very smooth looking shot.

Nicely done

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2006-01-17 4:20]

beautiful shot
Nice light,POV,colors
good Job

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-01-17 4:35]

Great composition and detail, love the smoothness of the water and the way it shines on the head of the Seal. Well done and TFS.

Hi Ruud

This is a well composed shot with good POV. Colours and great. Good clarity and sharpness. Nice work. Thanks.

It's beautiful... It must be difficult to take a photo like that! This is very cute face!

Nice capture, Ruud!

I love these guys and have seen them often on the west coast of Canada at the shoreline.

Lovely composition, details, colors, POV and exposure.

Thank you for sharing!

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-02-15 14:40]

Excellent capture of this cute fellow with good exposure, great details and well composed.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Ruud,
An excellent portrait. Good first plane, i like the colors and waves, it makes a nice composition.

Hello Rud,
Very nice portrait of a very special species.
Good to see how the water can't leave the surface of his fur. The reflections are very nice. Very well seen and done. TFS Thomas

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