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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-08
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Photos for my website [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-19 1:16
Viewed: 4601
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here's another shot of a Grey Seal.
Hope you like it :)
I also have a Large Post for the first time :)

Grey seal
Halichoerus grypus
Half of the world's population of grey seals are found on and around British coasts, and numbers here have doubled since 1960.



Statistics
Body length: Male: 210cm, Female: 180cm, Weight: Males: 230kg, Females: 155kg.



Physical Description
Male grey seals are much larger than the females, and have broad shoulders, an elongated snout and a heavy muzzle. The females have a thinner snout and a less rounded profile. They vary in colour from dark brown to grey or black with blotches, and females tend to be paler than the males.



Distribution
Grey seals inhabit the North Atlantic Ocean.



Habitat
Grey seals come ashore to breed on exposed rocky shores.



Diet
Grey seals mainly feed on fish, but will also rarely take cephalopods (squid and octopus) and crustaceans.



Behaviour
The females arrive at the breeding sites first, to give birth. When the males come ashore they compete for space nearest to the females. The oldest males get the best positions, but there is little fighting.



Reproduction
The gestation period is 11.5 months, including a three month delay in the implantation of the fertilised egg. The pup weighs about 15 kg at birth and is born with a white coat. Pups gain about two kg of weight a day due to the high fat content of their mother's milk (60 per cent fat). After three weeks of suckling the pup, the female mates again and then leaves the breeding area (rookery).



Conservation status
Grey seals are protected by the Conservation of Seals Act, but individuals causing damage to fishing nests can legally be killed. The northeast Atlantic subpopulation is considered to be Endangered by the 2000 IUCN Red List.

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Matt-Bird, vanderschelden, uleko, jmirah, marhowie, eqshannon, Silke, haraprasan, angybone, pierrefonds, hester, Jamesp, gannu, Proframe has marked this note useful
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Hi Joe,
they are so nice and cute - and realy looking a little surprised that someone is making shots of them ;-) A lovely post, thanks
Sabine wishnugaruda

Hi Joe,
Cute animals...
Displayed very well with an excellent sharpness and beautiful colours.
TFS
Annick

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-19 4:07]

Hello Joe,
This looks really great in large format! Very well done, good focus, sharp details and fine colours. I like the pose of the one facing you and the sleepy one too! Nicely cropped too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Joe,
Another great shot in this series, I like the subjects "flaps up" pose and full face view..
Nice detail, color, and exposure.
Well done!
Howard

Hi Joe,
Outstanding POV with the pup looking directly at you. Excellent color and DOF. Love the expression on it's face. Very well done.

TFS
Jim

How very cute this composition is. I think I choose door number 2. It has a balanced feel to it. And the colors are not too saturated yet remain true to the eye. Yes. It is a fine click Joey.

Bob

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-19 4:54]

Perfect! Delightful moment, superb composition -- perfect colours and details
TFS
silke

Hi Joe,
A beautiful capture and the LP version looks very nice. Very good details and informative notes. Thanks a lot for sharing.

I love your little seal friend. What a cutie! Great pov and wonderful rich colors again.

Hi Joe,

A good POV of the seal looking at the phototographer, the photo has a good composition, DOF and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.

Pierre

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-08-19 10:22]
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Hi Joe

Where was this taken? I wouldn't mind visiting a seal colony. I love the expression of the one looking at you. I also love to one reclining next to it. Great POV. The blue sea looks lovely as well

TFS

Karan

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-08-19 10:56]

Bonjour,
Un excellent éclairage.
Bonne journée.
clnaef

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-08-19 23:13]

Hi Joey

Great framing and POV of the central seal. The low viewpoint works very well. I also think the colour is outstanding.

James

Hi Joe,
This is a good photo, I like the low profile view of the photo. The eye contact with the seal is very personal.
Great photo,
regards
Matt.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-20 5:32]

Joe, Cho sweet and very cute as wishnugaruda pointed out. Lovely lovely. It seems you have really enjoyed your holiday. Ganesh

Hi Joe,
What a wonderful image.
The way the seal is looking towards the viewer and seems to wave is gorgeous.
Excellent choise of panoramic composition.
Question about that: How can I upload a bigger version like you did on this one. I did try to figure that out for some time, but don't have any idea how to do so.
Great sharpness and exposure and due to that wonderful details at the rock and fur of the Seals are visible.
Very well done. My compliments.
Thanks for sharing and the very good note.
Best wishes,
Harry

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-22 6:17]

Hi Joe,
You captured a lovely pose,it's so cute :o) Nice composition and colors. TFS
Best wishes,
Selen

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