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Charlie Shugart
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p.1 #1 · Alaska- Bitching sea lions


Yeah, the title is redundant .
Northern sea lions are very social, yet they bitch at each other constantly.
These images were taken from a boat on the outer edge of Resurrection Bay- near the town of Seward.
Hauling out after a night of fishing, these are bachelor males and adolescents- I can't tell if any are females. What I know for sure is that it's not a birthing colony, so there are no sexual innuendos going on, just a lot of loud whining.



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Jul 13, 2012 at 08:31 PM
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p.1 #2 · Alaska- Bitching sea lions


Nice perspective in the first shot.
#2 is my favorite
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Jul 13, 2012 at 09:34 PM
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p.1 #3 · Alaska- Bitching sea lions


Neat shots

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Jul 13, 2012 at 09:59 PM
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p.1 #4 · Alaska- Bitching sea lions


They sure are the kings of bitching!! 1 sets the scene marvelously Charlie while 2 displays the behavior quite well.

Tim



Jul 13, 2012 at 10:09 PM
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p.1 #5 · Alaska- Bitching sea lions


That Stellers sea lion is huge.


Jul 13, 2012 at 11:42 PM
 

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p.1 #6 · Alaska- Bitching sea lions


Thanks Socrate, Howard, Tim and Da.
Yes, the large one in the third shot is huge. But not as big as a fully mature beach master- those guys can weigh up to 2,000 pounds. If one is around, don't throw a stick in the water and tell Fido to "fetch." Sea lions are highly successful predators.

Charlie



Jul 14, 2012 at 01:12 AM
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p.1 #7 · Alaska- Bitching sea lions


nice ones Charlie.. i doubt the local fishermen are happy to see them


Jul 14, 2012 at 09:20 AM
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p.1 #8 · Alaska- Bitching sea lions


Good looking set Charlie. Loud and stinky. I can smell their breath now.


Jul 14, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Charlie Shugart
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p.1 #9 · Alaska- Bitching sea lions


Thanks Kmunroe and KCollett.
There are no easy answers to the conflicts between fishermen and natural fish predators like seals and sea lions. Hopefully a balance can be achieved that permits both groups to survive and flourish.
Loud and stinky covers it pretty well. If, on a foggy day, you approach a colony of sea lions from downwind: first you hear them roaring (hence the name "lion"), then you smell them, then you see them .
Then you hold your nose and watch them.
Charlie



Jul 14, 2012 at 08:06 PM





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