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Uploaded: 04/06/16 1:40 PM GMT
Kekeno
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A New Zealand Fur Seal (Arctocephalus forsteri) basking on the rocks.
NZ Fur seals are now a protected species both here and in Australia.
They were a source of food and clothing to the early Polynesions but were then driven almost to extinction when European sealers arrived in the 19th century. They can be quite agressive if annoyed but I was able to quietly get quite close to this one.
Kekeno is their Maori name.
I have put him in the BWC. Thank you for looking :)

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::luckyshot
04/06/16 1:46 PM GMT
This seal is so cute!! Wonderful capture of it looking directly at you. I like the tight crop.
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::Ramad
04/06/16 1:48 PM GMT
We have a lot of "kekenos" along the North Sea coast and they are under protection too. Even the sick ones are brought in and nursed back to health and taken back. Good close-up shot.
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::Nikoneer
04/06/16 1:49 PM GMT
From that smile I'm guessing he likes your brand of camera. There's been a number of seal images here at Caedes, but none that are this close in, clearly illustrating the nature of the animal. If my granddaughter saw that face she'd likely give him a kiss, thinking him warm, happy, and cuddly. A sure winner for this really tough, tough contest. :)

Happy Trails

-Nik
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.elektronist
04/06/16 1:50 PM GMT
So cute! Nice to hear they are under protection.
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::mirto56
04/06/16 3:30 PM GMT
I really like this close-up, full-frame photo of the Seal. He looks very happy on my monitor. Fantastico, LE!
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Smile, without a reason why. Love, as if you were a child, Smile, no matter what they tell you Don't listen to a word they say Cause life is beautiful that way. (From the film "Life Is Beautiful")
::tigger3
04/06/16 3:35 PM GMT
Lyn, this is picture perfect In my opinion. Beautiful close up, and I love the B&W treatment. tigs=^..^=
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::trixxie17
04/06/16 4:12 PM GMT
I love this facial portrait Lyn - so well done.
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. . . "What a desolate place would be a world without a flower! It would be a face without a smile, a feast without a welcome." A.J. Balfour
::Dunstickin
04/06/16 4:26 PM GMT
He looks a bit sad to me!...

those soulful eyes look haunting!

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.mesmerized
04/06/16 9:32 PM GMT
Such a sweet innocent face...lovely closeup and detail...looks great in b/w.
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Remember in the dark what God told you in the light.
.snapshooter87
04/06/16 9:56 PM GMT
I like them both, but the portrait is rare and exceptional.
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.gonedigital
04/07/16 10:04 PM GMT
I remember the brutal Seal culls in my patch of the world back in the day, it occurred shortly after the pups were born! I don't know if it still goes on.
A good portrait of this sensitive creature Lyn.
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::icedancer
04/08/16 10:58 PM GMT
How sweet is that - just love that face - brilliant detail
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