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Blonde pup

This fur seal was a fantastic prize among so many fur seals that populate the beaches of South Georgia. Apparently only 1% of the estimated 4 million fur seals on this island have this blonde expression called leucism.


As usual I was on a different mission, venturing the last leg of the great explorer Ernest Shackeltons historic expedition to find rescue for his men left on Elephant island. On my way up to the Stromness whaling station, I was inundated but the usual sight of fur seals when I came across this gaggle of fur seal pups.


I was extremely delighted to capture this one rarity among the pups. This seal stood out like nothing I’ve ever seen amongst a sea of brown blobs this one was wiggling his way through the crowd like a glow worm.


Photographic Details: The light was extremely low and overcast, I had to make due with a 1/00th of a second exposure. In cases like this, take as many photos as possible and hopefully one comes out crystal clear. I tried to get as many other seals in there as possible to really express how well this pup stands out, all while keeping the pup on the right side of the frame so that he “looks into” the picture.

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Taken on January 24, 2009