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These Harbor Seals (Phoca vitulina) in the Morro Bay, CA Estuary need to be given a wide berth by kayakers and photographers so as not to be disturbed. The best way to get a close-up image is to paddle alone or with just one other boat, to have a long focal-length lens, establish an initial position and remain motionless, while letting the tide drift you past their haul out in such a manner that the seals know you will not be invading them. If they scramble or show anxiety you have violated their sanctuary. The best shots are those in which the seals are not even looking at you, because that is a sign you are too close.

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Taken on September 9, 2007