Wednesday, January 19, 2005

BB2 female 11/9/85


BB2 female 11/9/85
Originally uploaded by yeimaya.
BB2 was named for her belly wound. in the seven years that I knew her, it never healed. Sometimes it would be torn and bleeding others it would just be raw. A seal's belly is like the soles of our feet... they hitch along the rocks when they haul out, over jagged edges and barnacles. On this day it could be that she snagged it when she moved.

I wonder if the water prevented it from healing because it never could dry out, but the salt staved off a life threatening infection. She seemed healthy all those years and succesfully raise several pups.

Friday, January 14, 2005

Honcho* 1-83


Honcho* 1-83
Originally uploaded by yeimaya.
Then there was the very gentle male named Honcho who was very loyal to this haul out.


Here is a picture that shows the distinguishing H mark on the left side of his head.

Harbor seal

Monday, January 10, 2005

The Matriarchs:Denthead, Scarchest, Claudia


84 2-? Scarchest 650
Originally uploaded by yeimaya.
Several other seals look a lot like Stevie Wonder. They have what I call a "grizzled" appearance and I thought of them as the matriarch of the group. There is Scarchest, who may have been menopausal, since she had no pups while I was there. I recognized her by a little scar mid-chest which you can see if you click on the picture. That will take you to the larger version on flickr

The same with Claudia. She had a similar grizzled appearance and much like Stevie Wonder and Scarchest. She did not have any pups either in the time I was there.
Claudia female 2/21/85
Denthead was the third grizzled female she was a good deal larger than Scarchest and Claudia but look very similar. Each one has some distinguishing feature which allowed me to tell these four seals apart even though they had the same pelage coloration.
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Sunday, January 09, 2005

1982 3/? Stevie Wonder


1982 3/? Stevie Wonder
Originally uploaded by yeimaya.
This is Stevie Wonder. It was a real surprise to see her with a pup, I had to totally revise my thoughts about her!

Both of her eyes are opaque, like she has cataracts. I suspect she can see shadows and movement, but her head moves in such a way that leads me to believe she doesn't track visually, rather by sound.

In spite of her handicap, she successfully raised two pups in the time I knew her and looked plump and healthy.

resting


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Originally uploaded by yeimaya.
Slowly but surely I will introduce the seals I got to know over the eight year period that I observed them. Then I will flesh out their stories over time.