Crowned Elephant Seal

Crowned Elephant Seal

by Etienne Pauthenet, Meteorology Department (MISU) Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

This female elephant seal is wearing a device recording unique oceanographic data in the remote Southern Ocean (temperature, salinity, fluorimetry and depth combined with a geolocalisation Argos system). The tag was attached before her post-breeding trip at sea, 4 months previously. It was 7 in the morning when I took this shot, she was just back on land and we were preparing our material to retrieve the tag. A Great Albatross is flying in the background.

Shot with a Canon 7D mark II ,24-105mm Canon lens, 105mm focal length, f/4, 1/640s, and ISO 100.

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