Beach Bums

Elephant Seals are weird.  There’s really no getting around it.  I could go on about their impressive sexual dimorphism or their stunning migration patterns but regardless of the actual biology of the Elephant Seal they are some tubby weirdos.  The sounds they make!  If you ever get a chance to be close enough to a group of elephant seals just sit there for a while.  Soak in all the blood curdling screams, the deep resonating grumbles and of course the shameless cartoon-like fart sounds.  They are as gross as they are funny.

 

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Bah!

Bah! - watermark

 

Canon 60D, Sigma 50-500mm @ 500 mm

1/125 sec @ f/8.0, ISO 100

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So maybe I should mention some neat animal facts about these guys.  Fact one: You can take over 3,000 pictures of elephant seals and get only a handful where they don’t have a torrent of boogers coming out their nose.  Fact two: Males can be between 3 to 10 times the size of females which are typically around 10 feet long.

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Best Buds

Best Friends - watermark

 

Canon 60D, Sigma 50-500mm

1/250 sec @ f/7.1, ISO 100

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For the most part all these photos are of either females or juveniles.  The full grown males have a very distinct nose.  It’s kind of like an elephant trunk, but not as long.  Hence the name, Elephant Seal.

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Burp!

Burb! - watermark

 

Canon 60D, Sigma 50-500mm

1/320 sec @ f/7.1, ISO 100

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Busy Beach

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Canon 60D, Sigma 50-500mm

1/100 sec @ f/13, ISO 100

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Did You Guys Hear That?

Did you Guys Hear That? - watermark

 

Canon 60D, Sigma 50-500mm

1/400 sec @ f/11, ISO 200

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2 thoughts on “Beach Bums

  1. Tom ~

    Thanks so much for the great pictures. Where the heck were you to get these shots?

    Hope all is well with you and Talia. Looking forward to seeing you both soon.

    XXO Aunt Eileen

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