|Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee)
|Date Taken: 2014-10-23|
|Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2014-11-13 18:47|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
Like other migratory animals, the elephant seal has an annual pattern of behavior. That pattern is reflected in the beach population. Each animal comes to the beach twice a year for approximately one month each time, with two exceptions discussed below. While the animals are at the beach they do not eat.
Except for the young of the year, every seal comes for the molt - a period during which they grow new skin, shed their old skin, and rest. When they arrive for the molt is determined by their sex and age with the juveniles and females coming relatively early in the molt period followed by the subadult males and then by the adult males. While most of the time they are in the rookery is spent on the beach, the males will occasionally go out into the shallow water in the protected rocky areas to spar.
The second visit to the beach is either during the fall when the juveniles, young of the year, and subadults haul out on to the beach for a rest. The adult animals come on to the beach in the winter for the birthing and breeding season with adult males arriving in late November or early December when they contest for a dominant position on the beach. Winners in that contest are referred to as alpha males or beach masters.
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Love your notes.
The image is PERFECT!!!
Hello Manyee - Beautiful moment. Well captured. Well exposure. Like their eyes. Thanks for sharing. Regards and have a nice WE- Srikumar
- [2014-11-21 16:29]
Great documentary photo, congratulations !!!