This is calving season for Harbor Seals here in California. I captured these mom and pup pairs at one of Sea Ranch’s seal protection areas. Harbor Seals, and all marine mammals in US waters, are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). So Sea Ranch has set up a nice viewing area from the bluffs high over the seal’s “nursery” area so as not to overly disturb nervous moms and pups. This also means long glass for you photographers out there.
This was a particularly beautiful day here and the moms and pups were paired up and doing what seals do, which for a good part of the day, seems to be sunning themselves on the rocks. But I managed to get these two images of moms and their pups. Within hours of their birth pups can swim and dive, and grow quickly on their mother’s rich milk. It can be a harsh world out there for these little guys and they need to grow quickly. They’re a favorite prey for Orcas (Killer Whales) and great white sharks. I’ll be back again to the “nursery” many times over the summer and will share any interesting shots I capture. But for now, please enjoy this small offering.
Equipment: Nikon D3s, Nikkor 70-200mm lens with a Nikkor TC-20E-III Teleconverter.