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Most of the rejected young males shared no comradeship with each other; they just found their own spots away from the birthing beaches, and sat.
Note that although they are called "seals," the fur seals have external ears like sea lions. Also, they can raise up on both front and hind flippers (like sea lions) and run.
True seals (i.e. harbor seals, elephant seals) have neither of those traits- hence they are always very near water.



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Dec 01, 2012 at 08:52 PM
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Plenty of texture. Nice shot Charles.


Dec 01, 2012 at 09:17 PM
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Another fine shot of the fur seal from our peripatetic naturalist/photographer.


Dec 01, 2012 at 10:10 PM
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I like the backlight and the detail Charlie.


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Dec 01, 2012 at 11:23 PM
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Thanks Ken, Dalite and Morris.
Had to look up peripatetic (traveler). Shame on me for not knowing what I am .
And for the record- I am very much interested in the "naturalist" aspects of nature- but I'm strictly an amateur at it. And sometimes I screw up the facts terribly .
Charlie



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Wonderful shot Charlie. Great light showing the texture.

Birdie



Dec 02, 2012 at 04:03 AM
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nicely done Charlie


Dec 02, 2012 at 10:20 AM
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Thanks Birdie and Ken.
Because so many of the total population of fur seals come ashore on the Pribilof Islands, the Russians (and others) found them easy targets for their guns. That luscious fur was a valuable commodity in China and Europe, so the animals were slaughtered by the thousands.
The only thing that saved them (and the sea otters) from extinction was because their numbers became so few that it was no longer commercially profitable. At that point the killing stopped.
Both species are now protected (as are all marine mammals- in the US), and have bounced back reasonably successfully.
Charlie



Dec 02, 2012 at 07:44 PM
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Another nice shot Charlie, and with some interesting tidbits as usual ~ Ron


Dec 03, 2012 at 01:20 AM





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