Seal Playground and Baths, Nugget Point, New Seal-and. 17

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Comments (17)

Marilyn Whiteley on June 7, 2010

Are you sure you didn't photoshop in those seals, Ian? That kelp (I assume) is huge! I had no idea of the scale when I first looked at the picture.


Ian Stehbens on June 7, 2010

Around the base of this headland, there were well over 100 of them, Marilyn,and three different species I understand. They loved their lowtide basking and some particularly were enjoying aquatic antics in the various rock pools, like this one. If I had started photoshopping I don't think I would have stopped at 17!


jeff_msn123 on June 8, 2010

The natural swimming pool is interesting. I would join too.

Cheers, Jeff

Ian Stehbens on June 8, 2010

As long as you are wearing a wetsuit to keep you warm, Jeff. Perhaps a beach ball would be a good idea too, for you may find that the seals will cooperate and join in some fun. They were certainly having a great time of play.

Warm greetings,


bdeh on June 8, 2010

Very nice picture Ian and the kelp is huge. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on June 8, 2010

It certainly is huge kelp, Berend. Bull Kelp it is commonly called. Underwater at high tide, so the seals don't have to fight it. I am glad you don't mind me taking a bit of the Dutch out of New Zealand. It really was Seal-land arond these parts.

Warm regards,


Angelika on June 8, 2010

Hi Ian,

I photographed a lot, but unfortunately little time. Hope you doing well.

Greetings Angelika

thor☼odin™ on June 8, 2010

what an experience dear Ian alone the picture can leave you speechless!! Warm wishes from Denmark, Peter

Ian Stehbens on June 8, 2010

Dear Peter,

The area was teeming with wildlife, including several species of seal/sea lions and of penguins. And the coastline is dramatic, and colourful. But even the gardens or beds of different kelps, including the massive bull kelp pictured here, kept me enthralled.



Suzi in Oregon on June 10, 2010

This image appeals to me so much, Ian - the color and formation of the rock and the fine variety of sea plants, set off by the almost milky water - we enjoy the seals and sea lions here as well. Harbor seals breed and raise their pups just across the deep water channel. I love how they are even more curious than I (O:

Ian Stehbens on June 10, 2010

Thank yo Suzi for sharing curiously in my appreciation of this little corner of the coast. It was abounding in life. That's what held my attention for so long. And having some understanding of geology and landforms that aspect also was noteworthy, I thought. The SFO sea lions were quite an attraction when I was in that city.

Warm regards from another delightful winter's day, this side of the Pacific.


Teresa Jankowska on June 19, 2010

fantastic place ... very interesting picture ...

greetings from Poland


Ian Stehbens on June 24, 2010

Hello Teresa,

It is indeed an interesting coast. And I am pleased I could share it with you. Warm greetings,

Ian (currently in Bali)

Alireza Javaheri on July 13, 2010

Beautiful picture ...

Add you to my favorite list

Greetings from Iran

Ian Stehbens on July 21, 2010

Greetings with respect, Alireza. I look forward to more contact with you, for I hope you enjoy my gallery more and more. Thank you for sharing with me.


Syborgh on July 21, 2010

Only now that I read other comments, I saw the seals and the real kelp measures.. really astonishing! And I like this photo, Ian. Nice day!

Ian Stehbens on July 30, 2010

Dear Frida,

In a still photograph like this one may think that all the seals are asleep, or basking. The pool for example was full of activity, like a public swimming pool full of kids on a hot Saturday! And the constant roll of the swell kept the kelp writhing and pulsating. Quite a dynamic scene, it was!

Thanks for your visit,


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