24 Feb 12. Keeping with our theme, this individual was about 20 feet directly below us and almost out of camera range due to his closeness to the cliff on which we were standing. He had been challenging another bull and whether it was a practice session or the real thing we can't say as the "opponent" decided not to play. He was throwing his head back and bellowing, his fishy breath condensing into a bit of steam as it exited, and was putting on quite a show. I didn't quite capture him as sharply as I would have liked, to be honest I got more concerned with keeping everything in focus (depth of field) and forgot about my shutter speed rapidly dropping in the failing evening sunlight. But the light was such that you get to see his business end quite clearly. Take that set of ivory, put about 6,000 pounds of animal behind it, and you have quite a formidable adversary, be you another seal or something smaller such as a sea otter or salmon. Part of the softness of the image is due to his exhalation, the rest to a too slow shutter speed. This was one of those times when something had to give, and unfortunately, I think I made the wrong choice. But it is sharp enough to give you a good feel for why one would want to give these guys a w i d e berth. ISO 250; 1/80 sec @ f /14 on a tripod with the 80 - 400.