Friday, December 11, 2009

Camera Critters

We found a couple of very entertaining Harbor Seals in the Port of Bandon, Oregon a few weeks ago. They were swimming around in the harbor as we walked by. I have seen seals in places like Sea World and various zoos, but there is nothing like the thrill of seeing them happy and playful in their natural habitat.

I found this information on line: The Common Seal (Phoca Vitulina), also known as the Harbor Seal or alternately spelled Harbour Seal, is a true seal found along temperate and Arctic marine coastlines of the northern hemisphere. They are found in coastal waters of the northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, as well as those of the Baltic and North Seas, making them the most wide-ranging of the pinnipeds (walruses, eared seals and true seals).

Their global population is 400,000 to 500,000 and subspecies in certain habitats are threatened.

Common seals are brown, tan or gray with distinctive V-shaped nostrils. An adult can attain a length of 6.1 feet and a mass of 290 lbs. Females outlive males (30-35 years versus 20-25 years). Common seals stick to familiar resting spots, generally rocky areas where land predators can't reach them, near a steady supply of fish to eat. Males fight over mates underwater. Females mate with the strongest males, then bear single pups which they care for alone. Pups are able to swim and dive within hours of birth, and they grow quickly on their mother's milk.

Camera Critters was created by Misty Dawn. Thank you Misty!

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33 comments:

Kay said...

They sure are cute, aren't they? It must be their big round eyes. Such fun photos, Denise.

eileeninmd said...

I think the harbor seals have such cute feaces. Great photos and sighting of the seals.

Martha said...

We saw seals down in Cabo and a wonderful vacation memory is spending the night in Astoria, Oregon and listening to the toot of the boats and the barks of the seals. (I wanted to move there immediately!)

They are cute animals.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great pictures. Its a thrill to see them in the wild.

Sunny said...

Really great pictures, they are so cute.
Sunny :)

Martha in PA said...

Love them. I almost posted seals and sea lions today..
My CC

Juliana RW said...

Awesome Seals series shot you made

My entry this week, in HERE. I hope you have time to visit as well. Thanks.

Have a nice weekend.

We love Luna said...

Hello sweet Denise!
Your friends are really adorable and you did perfect shot for this Camera Critters post!
Well done my friend, have a nice weekend!
purrs and love
Luna

Karine said...

Lovely photos! I've always loved seals, they seem like such gentle creatures with their big, soft brown eyes :o)

Janie said...

Cute photos of the wild seals. I agree, zoos are interesting, but seeing them in the wild is much more exciting. Interesting info on them, too.

Tricia said...

Seals are so very cuuute - their faces are just so ADORABLE!

And your header is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I love it

Patty said...

Sorry haven't been around much lately, have been so busy, can't seem to get caught up.

Johnny Nutcase said...

yay! aren't they so fun to watch! you're pictures came out well! the are so hard to get photos of when they are in the water, ya never know where they're gonna pop up! i got lucky with the sunning ones! thanks for sharing, i love seals :)

Kilauea Poetry said...

I like this post..your snap shots are great too! I remember arriving in San Franscisco back in 2000 for a visit with my son. I remember those seals at the bay with the snow falling. It was already getting dark. Very memorable feelings this evoked- Hope you have a great weekend busy lady!

chubskulit said...

Wow you are so lucky to spot them!

Did you ever ride a carabao?

Helena said...

Those are wonderful photos! I've only ever seen seals up close at the zoo and Sea World, but what always grabs me is how expressive their eyes are. You are so lucky to see them in their natural habitat!

eden said...

I love them. They are so cute.

My entry

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Denise: Very cool, now that's a critter I never see.

Stine in Ontario said...

They look like they are very fun to watch!

Manang Kim said...

Wow a seal that is great to spot them. Thanks for sharing!


Camera Critters

onangelwings said...

That sea,l love having its picture taken I think.

diane said...

I love seals they are so smart. The photos are great. Pinniped thats a new word to learn. I like the sound of it.

lisaschaos said...

These are very nice! I love that you got so close! :) They are kissable!

Anna said...

Wow! They are so cute. Thanks for sharing.

Steve Borichevsky said...

Oh my! Great minds think alike. First I saw Jill's, (AKA Johnny Nutcase) and now yours! We have harbor seals in Gloucester harbor, but the are skittish. Mine are from the Monterey, CA area.

jabblog said...

Such soulful eyes make them look cuddly and approachable - beautiful animals.

Shannon H. said...

Awwww they are so cute. I would love to see seals in the wild.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Your photographs show how cute the seals are! I like how you decorated your header too.

NatureFootstep said...

this post made me smile, thanks!Lovely animals.

storyteller said...

Delightful post! Harbor seals are such fun to watch aren't they? Thanks for dropping by Small Reflections ;-)
Hugs and blessings,

Sandra said...

about 26 years ago, I saw a seal show at Sea World, the one and only time I have seen a seal. I fell in love and have always wanted to see one. your photos made me smile. thanks for sharing.
we are very similar in our likes and dislikes, I read your profile, the biggest difference is I only cook if i am FORCED to. and I love TV movies. everything else we are right in line.

Carolyn Ford said...

Look at those adorable puppy dog faces! We also love to watch and photograph harbor seals, especially around the Monterrey area of California. Beautiful captures, Denise...

Misty Dawn said...

I think seals are so neat! They seem so full of personality, and they are so cute. Great pics!