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Nature Photography Challenge (wild creatures, plants and places only)

A regular photography contest for Nature lovers who love to learn and teach.

(Land Mammals Category) - Group - Pinniped - Seal, Sealion, Walrus

This challenge closed almost 5 years ago.

The Challenge

The 11th in our new challenge layout catering for all aspects of nature for us nature lovers.

As you can see the title will start with the category which will make it easier for me when choosing what challenge to do next, I can see the challenges I have already run in this category.

For this challenge please add your images of SEAL, SEALION, WALRUS.

NO ZOO OR CAPTIVE ANIMALS, MOST DEFINITELY NO CIRCUS OR PERFORMING ANIMALS

Interesting Facts

> Pinniped is from the Latin pinna, wing or fin, and ped meaning foot or fin-footed mammals.

> Pinnipeds are typically sleek-bodied and barrel-shaped. Their bodies are well adapted to the aquatic habitat where they spend most of their lives. Their limbs consist of short, wide, flat flippers.

> The smallest pinniped, the Baikal seal, weighs about 70 kg (155 lb) on average when full-grown and is 1.3 m (4 ft 3 in) long; the largest, the male southern elephant seal, is over 4 meters (13 ft) long and weighs up to 4,000 kilograms (8,800 lb).

> Pinniped is divided into 3 categories:

Odobenidae (walruses)
They lack external ears. The walrus is an exclusively Arctic species. They are easily recognized by their long tusks and great bulk of up to 2,000 kilograms (4,400 lb). Walrus generally prefer clams and other invertebrates living on the ocean floor. The unique squirt and suck method of feeding on mollusks first differentiated the original walrus ancestor from other pinniped lineages. There remains debate as to whether the walrus diverged from the eared seals before or after the true seals.

Otariidae (fur seals and sea lions)
Eared seals, also called walking seals or otariids, include the animals commonly known as sea lions and fur seals. These vocal, social animals are somewhat better adapted to terrestrial habitats, with rear flippers that can turn forward so they can move on all fours on land. Eared seals have external ears, as their name suggests, and more dog-like snouts, further distinguishing them from true seals.

Phocidae (true seals)
Earless seals, also called true seals, or phocids, are the most diverse and widespread pinnipeds. They lack external ears, have more streamlined snouts, and are generally more aquatically adapted than otariids. The swimming efficiency and an array of other physiological adaptations make them better built for deep and long diving and long distance migration. These mammals are, however, very clumsy on land, moving by wriggling their front flippers and abdominal muscles. The two back flippers form a tail-like structure which does not aid walking on land. True seals generally communicate by slapping the water and grunting rather than vocalizing.

Information courtesy of Wikipedia

Judging / Voting Criteria

Vote for your favourite!

Rewards & Prizes

1st place winners will have their photo used as the group Avatar for a period of time.
Then 1st, 2nd and 3rd will have their photo’s posted on the groups Feature Board.
1st place member will be become a featured member.

Additional Information

PLEASE ADD YOUR IMAGE TO THE GROUP, IMAGES THAT ARE NOT ADDED TO THE GROUP WILL RISK NOT BEING FEATURED IF YOU WIN

Cover Image: Big Brother by Steve Bulford

Completed

The Top Ten

Sweethearts by Norbert Probst

Sweethearts by Norbert Probst was voted the most popular entry in this challenge with 5 votes.

  • Weddell Seal, Antarctica by Neville Jones
  • I could kiss you by Owed To Nature
  • HANG OUT by Dennis  Small
  • The kiss by Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
  • Australian Sea Lion at sunset by Erik Schlogl
  • Sea-Lions in the Snow by Martin Smart
  • Seal Pup by geoff curtis
  • Grey seals resting by hummingbirds

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