The Squabble

Equipment Info
Panasonic DMC-GH4
9321928/1000000 sec. / ISO 800
Nearest Area
Chimney Rock, Point Reyes National Seashore
Town
Inverness, California
Brief Directions
One hour north of San Francisco
Notes
I am a Winter Wildlife docent and so spent a lot of time watching the elephant seal behavior from December until April.
Description
In Point Reyes National Seashore, about one hour north of San Francisco, elephant seals return each year for their birthing and mating ritual. The males fight for alpha status so they can mate with their female harems. The females birth their pups and then wean them for 30 days. Afterwards, the males mate with the females, who then head off into the ocean to eat. As a Winter Wildlife docent, I witness this cycle every year. In this particular instance, I captured the females squabbling. One female has just had her new pup and is probably creating boundaries for the one next to her. We are not able to interview the elephant seals, so we are never quite sure on why they behave the way they do.
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Date Added
August 10, 2019
Date Taken
February 5, 2017