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    Northern Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris)

    On my day off I went up to Ano Nuevo State Park (California) to check out the Elephant Seals.

    During the summer, its mostly subadults who have returned to molt their fur.

    Apparently the best time to visit is the early winter when the big adult males (14 to 16 feet long and weighing up to 2 1/2 tons) are fighting for the females.

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    1. very1silent ages ago | reply

      Fantastic angle.

    2. Tatiana Carmen 104 months ago | reply

      Incredible! How close were you?

    3. cv.vick 104 months ago | reply

      There is a boardwalk that takes you close to where the seals haul out. A group of seals had dug a small pit just in front of the view area on the boardwalk. So to answer your question: 6 feet!!

    4. J. M. R. 100 months ago | reply

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    5. AlexandraPhotos (mac73t) 92 months ago | reply

      I bet it was noisy. Wonderful image

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    6. J Bespoy Photography 92 months ago | reply

      Great shot of the choir! I'd love to see these guys in person some day and this great capture just adds to that!

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    7. vanessa hilliard 92 months ago | reply

      A wonderful photograph in so many ways that I won't even try to list them.

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    8. cv.vick 92 months ago | reply

      Thanks everyone. If you visit Ano Nuevo you can get very close to the Elephant Seals via a boardwalk. In the winter you can a get a guided tour (reservations required) that takes you close to the males (13ft/4m long and 4400lb/2000kg!) as they compete for the females

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    10. Tut99 (Roger) 92 months ago | reply

      Wonderful shot!
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    11. Viviane_vsp 89 months ago | reply

      Wonderful and cute!
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    12. Jill Clardy 83 months ago | reply

      this is so funny - great capture !

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