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The Marine Mammal Center is a nonprofit veterinary hospital, research, and educational center dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of ill and injured marine mammals and the study of their health. Since 1975, the Center has rescued and treated more than 16,500 marine mammals and has accumulated a body of knowledge about marine mammal and ocean health. Through public education about marine mammals, the Center hopes to foster ocean stewardship and conservation. For more information, visit http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Feeding Frenzy

Top left: A fur seal protests its pen mate's catch. Top right: Protecting its turf
Bottom left: Going for the steal...Bottom right: ...Denied! Photos: The Marine Mammal Center

Life in the animal kingdom is all about survival of the fittest, and that means that those who get the most food survive. The same thing goes for a northern fur seal, whether out in the ocean or here at The Marine Mammal Center, and feeding time for the 9 fur seals that are currently at our hospital can be outright chaos. Squabbles replete with teeth snapping and attempted fish hijacks are all par for the course as the race is on for which fur seal can get the most fish in the least amount of time. These fur seals, above, were captured on film yesterday as they battled it out over a fish.

1 comment:

Ethan said...

Great work rescuing these fur seals! These photos are awesome.