This was taken at a beach near the Piedras Blancas lighthouse.
I had to fight the fading light to capture the action, and balance tradeoffs in shutter speed, f-stop and ISO to arrive at a compelling result. 1/30th second at f/8.0, ISO 800, 25mm focal length.
Two 5000 pound elephant seals fight the world's oldest battle. Winter is the breeding season for elephant seals, and the males fight vicious, bloody battles to determine whose genes will be passed on to the next generation.