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Elephant Seal by Matt Burrard-Lucas
Saturday, 30th January 2010

Elephant Seal

by Matt Burrard-Lucas

This elephant seal was relaxing on a beach in The Falkland Islands. During the summer months, elephant seals come ashore to moult. Scratching and rubbing helps them to discard their dead skin. It was amazing to see the dexterity in this one's flipper, looking almost like a human hand!
Equipment: Canon 1Ds MK III, 85mm f/1.2 lens
Matt Burrard-Lucas

Elephant Seal by Matt Burrard-Lucas was photo of the day on Saturday, 30th January 2010. It is tagged , . You can leave a comment below.



30th January 2010 at 5:44 am

Wow !


30th January 2010 at 8:00 am

Really Amazing. Am I looking at a mankind’s cousin or at an extra terrestreal. This is an Iconic Photograph.
Fantastic Work Matt.


30th January 2010 at 8:38 am

It took me a while to figure out what I was looking at here. It does look like a human (weirdly so) hand. Amazing shot.

30th January 2010 at 9:17 am

Absolutely Lovely


30th January 2010 at 9:45 am

Wow! On so many levels – the detail of the hand is an amazing revelation to those of us that haven’t seen it before, and your framing is spot on, Matt, what’s in the background? other seals or rocks that this seal will rub against to remove other skin his flippers won’t reach? The detail of texture and colour in this shot make it really outstanding and quizzical. Thank you and congratulations.

30th January 2010 at 10:05 am

Well done Matt

A great shot and made me laugh straight away, there is a fantastic comedy element to this – this is a ‘cert’ for greetings cards and posters!

30th January 2010 at 10:25 am

I have heard somewhere that seal are the distant relatives of bears! not sure how true to fact but this shot sure shows the posibilities, really great grey tones in this shot to! nice technically also!

30th January 2010 at 10:45 am

Wow, I learn something new to me every day. What a revealing shot. Well-taken!

30th January 2010 at 3:29 pm

Amazing close picture of them.


30th January 2010 at 4:14 pm

very cute shot, congrats! :)

30th January 2010 at 6:03 pm

You got a great capture there. His flipper is so much like a human hand, it’s scary !

Herman Bresser

30th January 2010 at 6:10 pm

What a capture. Great timing

30th January 2010 at 6:33 pm

Wonderful image Matt. The hand looks so human here.


30th January 2010 at 7:23 pm

Fantastic and amazing shot! What a great find and excellently captured. Your photos always surprise us. Congratulations and Greetings

31st January 2010 at 1:59 pm

Before I made the picture big, the whole thing looked like something carved from wood. In fact, I think someone should carve this scene into wood, it would make a wonderful sculpture.

1st February 2010 at 9:05 am

Nice picture!


1st February 2010 at 12:19 pm

nice shot


1st February 2010 at 3:06 pm

Absolutely amazing! Thanks for the lesson.

Katherine Lee Strassburg

1st February 2010 at 9:47 pm

This is the best photo I’ve ever seen of an elephant seal–it made laugh out loud. You’ve captured the true personality of this lumbering giant in a very intimate moment. Well done!


16th February 2010 at 3:34 pm

Fabulous shot and yes you can imagine the image on a greeting card with a witty remark under it. congrats.

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