Not an Itsy Bitsy Spider Kermit I think your artichoke is ripe. The Bite Elephant Seal Posturing Trifecta Unknown Flower

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photographer Paul Jaruszewski.
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The Bite

This was shot near Piedras Blancas, a few miles north of Hearst Castle, where all the elephant seals congregate. These guys fight then snuggle together. Funny animals. I am sure the fights are related to maintianing their pecking order, but they don't seem to hold a grudge.

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hide photo detail info shooting date: 2004-06-18 | location: Piedras Blancas
shutter speed: 1/800s | aperture: f/7.1 | ISO: 200 | lens: Canon 300 f4 L IS @ 300mm (390mm in 35mm film SLR)
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