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August 16th, 2010

South Sawyer Glacier Harbor Seal 01

Posted By Jon Cornforth

South Sawyer Glacier Harbor Seal 01, Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness, Alaska

When I visited Tracy Arm a few weeks ago, I was dismayed to see the decrease in ice from my previous visits.  My earlier shoots of the harbor seals took place near the North Sawyer Glacier which has drastically retreated and is now almost out of the water.  In the past, I could not get anywhere near the South Sawyer Glacier, but this time I was able to even though it was calving huge pieces of ice.  There were hundreds of harbor seals resting on the ice flows, but they were very skittish, thus difficult to photograph.  I have spent enough time photographing wildlife that I am very conservative about approaching any animal.  Harbor seals see my red inflatable coming from several hundred yards away and typically decide that they don’t want anything to do with me.  Fortunately, I found this one critter that was not disturbed by my presence.  In fact, this seal was so unconcerned, that it barely opened its eyes to look at me and repeatedly turned its back so that it could go back to sleep.  I really appreciate the moment I captured in this image of the seal blissfully resting in its environment, unconcerned about the guy in the red boat with the big telephoto lens going click-click-click.

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  1. Chandira Says:

    Very cute shot! :) That makes me laugh, thank you.

  2. Jon Cornforth Says:

    I am glad that you laughed. This was just such a cute moment. Most of the harbor seals on ice pictures that you will see are from a distance and/or the seals have this panicked look on their face, but not this one.

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