Deep Thought by David Burren

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An immature male Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leonina) scratches his face in apparent deep thought.
The seal had recently shed his fur and was growing a new coat while hanging around on a Geelong beach.

ID: A1_37E1

October 2008: this image won the Animal Portrait section of the ANZANG Nature and Landscape Photographer of the Year competition!


burren, chin, elephant, fingernail, moult, scratch, seal


  • Craig Goldsmith
    Craig Goldsmithover 7 years ago

    Hahah, Love it, looks like he’s musing over what’s for dinner.

  • soniahesford
    soniahesfordover 7 years ago

    Very Cute, Love The Comment!

  • Lance Leopold
    Lance Leopoldover 7 years ago

    Lol,love it.

  • Nicole Goggins
    Nicole Gogginsover 7 years ago

    sooooo cute…

  • SherbrookePhoto
    SherbrookePhotoalmost 6 years ago

    Brilliant David, you’d have to be stoked with an ANZANG Award, congratulations!!

  • lightsmith
    lightsmithalmost 6 years ago

    Big congratulations for a great achievement.

  • Joseph Bailouni
    Joseph Bailounialmost 6 years ago

    Brilliant work, and well done, well deserved for the award

  • Phil Threlfall
    Phil Threlfallalmost 6 years ago

    Thos hands, look so sort of human. Well done.

  • merlin67
    merlin67almost 6 years ago

    That is such a fantastic picture – can’t help but smile !!

  • Trish Threlfall
    Trish Threlfallalmost 6 years ago


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