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New Zealand Fur Seal

New Zealand Fur Seal
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-23
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-23 6:23
Viewed: 3384
Points: 24
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Today (yesterday now,since its after midnight) Kay and I walked along Rapahoe beach to photograph the patterned sedimentary rocks out at Point Elizabeth.
As the tide was low I ventured further around the rocks than usual,and walked right into the middle of a seal colony.
There were only a few adults,but quite a lot of pups.
Most of the pups headed for the ocean as soon as they saw me but one adult and a couple of pups hung around just long enough for me to get a few shots.
It was little unnerving,as they are not used to humans and can become quite aggressive when disturbed.
This is one of the smaller adults that I managed to capture just before it made off for the sea.

I've copied the following information on Fur Seals from Wikipedia ....

The Australasian Fur Seal (Arctocephalus fosteri), or New Zealand Fur Seal or Southern Fur Seal, is a species of fur seal found around the south coast of Australia, the coast of the South Island of New Zealand, and some of the small islands to the south and east of there. Male-only colonies are also located on the Cook Strait coast of the North Island near Wellington. The English common name New Zealand Fur Seal is used by English speakers in New Zealand (kekeno is used in the Māori language), and Southern Fur Seal by English speakers in Australia. Although the two populations show some genetic differences, their morphologies are very similar, and thus they remain classed as a single species.

These seals were widely hunted from shortly after the European discovery of New Zealand until the late 19th Century. The population of the New Zealand seal fell to levels under 10% of the original numbers. In New Zealand the Fur Seal is now protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (1978).

Although the seals look docile, they can move surprisingly quickly and it is advisable never to approach a female with young or get between a seal and the water, cutting off its escape route to the sea. Their teeth are very sharp and many New Zealanders have been bitten.

Hope you like todays offering.There will be a few more seals to come in the next week or so,but I'll alternate them with geology shots so as not to bore you ;)
Thanks for looking.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-23 6:35]
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Hello Steve,
A fine capture of a NZ Fur Seal taken from a fine POV on the driftwood. The sharpness and side lighting are excellent and the composition with the rock BG pleasing. I find the rock pattern interesting too and am not surpirised that your original intention was to photograph it.
TFS this fine and interesting image,

Nicely captured image of the seal Steve. The driftwood in the foreground and the rock in the BG enhance the overall shot. Lighting was just right. Detail is great. TFS


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-10-23 9:53]

Hi Steve,lovely setting amongst the driftwood, i particluarly like the silvery sheen on the young ones fur from the bright light. Composition is also very good too. Wish i had these chaps lurking around my coastline, all i seem to find is bits of bloody plastic!
Nicely done mate.

Hi Steve,
Very nice capture of this cute New Zealand Fur Seal with good pose and composition, sharp details and good natural BG.

Hello Steve,
I'm surprised they can move quickly. This seal looks docile though, however...
Educational contribution...and well captured.

Love the volcanic the rocks..and of course the focal...but my mind always seem so go to the surroundings whir we all have to deal with...Neat rocks adn Neat water mammal!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-23 22:19]

Hi Steve

A lovely pose wih excellent detail and exposure. It is hard to imagine that these were once vitually wiped out - in some places along the coast it seems every possibel location is occupied.


Hi again Steve,
A lovely and perfect capture of this cute fellow in a nice posture. Details and composition also great.
TFS and Cheers,


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-24 14:28]

Hi Steve!
Superb capture of this Fur Seal.
It must have been amazing to just come across them like that.
Very good sharpness.
Decent lighting.
Great notes.

Well done mate,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-10-25 7:27]

Don't worry Steve, we won't get bored with seals shots, it is such a superb animal. It is great that they are now protected in New Zealand, because here they are not and the hunting season have sometimes made the news because of people against it and because of the people living by it. It is horrible. Yet, to come back here, this is a very nice picture. I like the square frame around the seal and the rock, the small seal at the corner, almost hidden too by the rock. The colours are natural, the fur of the seal is a little dirty, just like life is. I really like it. Thank you and looking for more!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-25 7:42]

Hello Steve,
What a beautiful close capture of this Seal taking shelter by the fine rock. I love the light and colours and the fine profile of the Seal. A very fine composition too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Steve
I see newly this great shot of beautiful NZ Fur Seal. A great capture for this lovely sea mammals. Great focus and composition, timing and POV also great. thanks for sharing, well done

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