Northern Fur Sea pups, safe from sea lions and orcas, play in a shallow cove beside this rookery in the Bering Sea. The pups showed no fear to me —a clumsy, finless oaf swimming in slow motion and hovering in place. I floated, watching the grace and energy of these months-old pinnipeds at play off an island coast as autumn sun pierced the 38° water’s surface and danced across the churned sea floor. Stay tuned for the last frames where you can see water inside the lens port obscuring the shot. This happened after sand wedged into my camera housing between the back and the frame, eventually allowing water to follow in after it and flood the camera. (#alwaysinsured )
I was extremely spoiled rotten the other day and got the chance to go behind the scenes at the aquarium! 🐠🦀🦈 I met Tikva, the incredibly smart Northern fur seal, who gave me a smooch 💋 I was smitten! Next, I spent time with an Aquarist who showed me Mystique, the friendly giant Pacific octopus 🐙. I got to hand fed her and be 'hugged' by her! Then we gave little Hardy and his 5 sea otter friends some ice treats and watched them play with them and smash them to bits!❄ Finally, Helen, the Pacific white-sided dolphin 🐬, swam right up next to me and gave me a little blow! I had to remind myself to breath again, I was so caught up in the moment! Being amoungt the sea life makes my heart gleam with happiness! 💖
It's so relieving to know that some of the animals on our planet who have struggled due to pollution or human intervention, like Scuna, the green sea turtle, have somewhere so amazing to live and be happy since many of them are now disabled and would not survive in the wild🌎
- A huge thank you to the staff there who were all very welcoming and beyond inspirational!
Northern Fur Seals are native to coastal Western Canada as well as the US state of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California. They can also be found in Eastern Russia and Northern Japan. These animals are classed as “vulnerable” by the IUCN and their population trend is decreasing. Back in the 18th century, the species were threatened by the commercial harvesting of animal fur, but eventually commercial harvesting ended because of treaties and agreements. Nowadays, the main factor contributing to their population decline are overfishing, entanglement, and oil spill. Scientists at UBC are working with the Vancouver Aquarium to study the feeding behavior of the northern fur seals so that in the near future, fishing activities in the Pacific Northwest can be properly and sustainably managed and the northern fur seals population can also be protected.
This photo was taken at the Vancouver Aquarium and the seal in the photo is one of the eight rescued fur seals.
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Update on our friend from The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. She is a 4 month old Northern Fur Seal that has been named “Furcules”. She is eating delicious fish milkshakes until she is able to eat on her own and has graduated to a pen with another fur seal. They are swimming, twirling and grooming together and seem to be doing well. For updates on Furcules, log on to The Marine Mammal Center website and click on “patients”. @themarinemammalcenter #rescue#northernfurseal#themarinemammalcenter#stockton#community#stocktonfiredepartment
9/141 Northern Fur Seal (Callorhinus ursinus) Lives at sea, and breeds on rocky shores. Eats fish, squid, and sea birds. Adult fur seals migrate south for the winter and can spend 6-8 months at sea. Conservation status is vulnerable due to over two centuries of commercial hunting. Protection laws have been passed, but the population remains threatened. #mammalsofwashington#northernfurseal#callorhinusursinus#watercolor#painting#michaelalm
#NorthernFurSeal pups. They are um... pretty soft looking. Fur seals once numbered over 100,000 on SEFI before being completely extirpated by fur collectors during the 1800's. A pup showed up in 1996 and they've been slowly recolonizing the island since. #seabear#pups
I'm really missing my days @pacificmmc - looking back on some old photos... Pugsley was my favorite baby while I was there. He was cranky, grumpy and full of attitude. Not to mention, he was also the first patient to bite me. He nabbed my calf while I was in his pen. And wow. 😫 Those little dudes have some powerful bites. Even through my rubber boots and pants! Which is one more reason, why you should never, EVER approach a WILD animal. If you happen to see an injured or sick animal on the beach, please, do NOT touch it, or crowd its space. They usually strand/beach themselves from hunger/exhaustion. (Or they're just trying to relax) and when humans get in their space, they are forced to retreat back to the water. Be respectful! It isn't time for a selfie/Snapchat photo op.
Please call (949) 494-3050 for any stranded pinnipeds you may find on the beach. Leave it to the professionals to step in and help. 💕
PATIENT UPDATE*** Did you know Northern Fur Seals have approximately 46,500 hairs per centimeters squared, that’s a lot of fur to groom! This cutie is now out of the ICU and is viewable to the public when you come visit the Pacific Marine Mammal Center! #northernfurseal#teampmmc#rescuerehabrelease