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Cape fur seals in the waters off South Africa
January 24, 2013

Cape Fur Seals, South Africa

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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Photograph by Steven Benjamin, My Shot
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