My Favorite Mammal……..to photograph
As promised, this post follows my previous blog post on My Favorite Bird to photograph, the pelican. The elephant seal is a lot like the pelican. Doesn’t get much respect and they don’t make very good pets. And probably for good reason. Below are some photos I have taken in the past which provides evidence as to why I find them fun to photograph and why I won’t make an elephant seal a pet of mine.
The seal below is one big yawn.
They will swim hundreds of miles out to sea for up to 10 months out of the year. No wonder they’re tired.
Elephant seals get their names because the males have snouts that resemble an elephant’s large proboscis. Males grow to a size of approximately 2,500 pounds, so they take up a lot of room, like the one below.
Like humans, they like to vacation at the beach. The one below seems to be adding some sunscreen.
Speaking of the beach reminds me of a seal joke. Here it is:
Elephant seals are large and not very nimble. But the one below would beg to differ. That’s some flexibility.
Like the pelican, they can change their appearance. The one below looks like a medieval gargoyle that changes color.
The elephant seals are highly sociable. Kind of like sailors coming in from the sea. And what do sailors do? They sing!
I sometimes wish I was an elephant seal! Not a bad life.