January 24, 2013

Cape Fur Seals, South Africa

Photograph by Steven Benjamin, My Shot

This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Pictures

Cape fur seals are a favorite photographic subject of mine. They are curious and playful but at the same time hard to photograph. When there are hundreds of seals in the water they zoom around at breakneck speeds, their bodies forming strange shapes as they twist and turn. Occasionally a mob of seal pups will take great pleasure in tugging a diver's fins or bumping a cameraman's strobes, leaving the diver amused but slightly abused. Here a seal takes great pleasure in mouthing my dome port. Seal Island, Hout Bay, Cape Town.

(This photo and caption were submitted to My Shot.)


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16 comments
mon mon
mon mon

The seal looks so silly. Having fun posing I guess ;) Very nice shot! 

Mojtaba Malek
Mojtaba Malek

wooowww man, Congrats !!! how did u manage to take this one? lol

nikhil sharma
nikhil sharma

just awesome no words to say right timing and an amazing shot.

Lesley P.
Lesley P.

This is an absolutely incredible photograph.

jay elbert
jay elbert

That was defiantly all in timing great pic,I like alot 

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

This is a wicked cool photo.  I love the intensity of the moment, the eye, the teeth ,and the speed. Great clarity, the streaming fur, the air bubbles but for me I think it's the whiskers that make this photo. This is Brian Skerry Good. Nice job Steven. 

P.S. A few days ago, you had a photo of horses on a hill, and some thought the dog in the photo didn't belong. I just wanted to say, to those who care, that that was a border collie. If it weren't for that dog it is unlikely those horses would have been in that tight group on the hill. I thought the dog completed that photo. Just my opinion.

C.W.

Mark Maltby
Mark Maltby

Great shot!  Definitely diving Seal Island next trip to Cape Town!

Laura Marina
Laura Marina

what a wonderful photo!!! congratulations!

Lesley P.
Lesley P.

@Barney Blasterson I didn't know it was a border collie, although that makes sense, I think the dog completed the photograph beautifully.

ng fan
ng fan

@Barney Blasterson must agree about the dog, a good dog is worth a 100 people when it comes to handling large animals, they are part of the family.

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