Picture of the day: The king of the beach

Todays image is from the magnificent island of South Georgia, and the whaling station of Stromnes. This is the a male Elephant Seal, and more precise the “Beach Master” on that part of the beach. The role of beach master is to be the “alfa male”, and control certain parts of the beach and the inhabitants. It is a though life that consist of “entertaining” the ladies, and fighting the other large males for the role of beach master.  The role is usually kept for a maximum of a couple of years, then they “retire” to put it diplomatic, either due too their demise thru fighting other males, or pure exhaustion from its other duties. Quite fascinating creatures.

-Ray

 

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