Baby Fur Seal in Kelp Forests
This New Zealand fur seal pup was only a few days old when Skerry got to meet him.
“He was playing peek-a-boo with me in the fronds of kelp,” he says. “To get the shot, I moved in very slowly— I never chase an animal: It’s not productive to do that because they’ll swim away. If you are non-threatening marine mammals will most of the time come over and check you out.”
Though this marine protected area in southern New Zealand has been thriving as of late, warming climate, changing ocean chemistry and overfishing threaten kelp forests and the many species that depend on them.
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