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Can I Bite You?
15-FEB-2010 copyright Elizabeth Bickel

Can I Bite You?

Naturally aggressive to humans, Antarctic Fur Seals will attack without provocation.
They also carry a bacteria in their mouth that can cause a very severe, antibiotic resistant infection. The night before we encountered our first Fur Seals, the expedition team presented a slide show with graphic photos of Fur Seal bites. That reminded me of the old army "Don't let this happen to you" films. Seeing these photos (and knowing that a fur seal bite could lead to amputation) definitely made us all more cautious when going ashore. Yes, some Fur Seals did charge each time we encountered them. A number of people actually felt the need to beat them off with their hiking poles. I personally found that in most cases the Fur Seals would stop a charge if you verbally scolded them. Nevertheless, in extreme cases, I did sometimes also have to wave my camera bag in their direction to discourage them.
Fortunately, it wasn't breeding season during which the large males are EXTREMELY aggressive and can make going ashore too dangerous for humans. It is not unheard of for beach landings to be impossible because of the presence of too many large males on a beach.

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Matt Wesolowski14-Apr-2011 05:38
I vant to suck your blood,lol! Super catch!
Lieve Snellings13-Nov-2010 01:55
such a fantastic portrait ! V
Rachel Pennington11-May-2010 14:38
Look at those sharp little teeth! And looks like he's got his ears thrown back, too. Glad he didn't get you. ;)
Guest 29-Apr-2010 12:52
I love those little teeth! *lol* Great shot. Thanks ~ Clare
Jean D27-Apr-2010 00:45
Excellent capture. Thanks for the captioned info.
Ann22-Apr-2010 07:52
WOW, fantastic capture Liz.
dave(paraman) 17-Apr-2010 05:14
Great shot
Olivia16-Apr-2010 19:54
Wow! That's a great shot of him!
Yiannis Pavlis16-Apr-2010 13:12
Excellent shot indeed..V
Suzette A Paduano16-Apr-2010 11:08
sweet face, nice shot
Raymond Schreeuwer (Rafi)16-Apr-2010 05:33
Have to agree with everyone, great shot, I would change the title to ain't I cute..
Wendy Hollands15-Apr-2010 20:51
WOW this is amazing!! Great shot!!
marko gregoric15-Apr-2010 12:45
Interesting.... Great image. V.
larose forest photos14-Apr-2010 21:51
Wonderful shot! I guess I'd feel grumpy too if I saw some unfamiliar mammals on my turf :-) V
Ali Majdfar14-Apr-2010 18:56
Lovely capture! ~V
Beryl 14-Apr-2010 18:31
pemkid14-Apr-2010 17:26
He looks too cute to be vicious!
Judith Barnett14-Apr-2010 17:03
Based on the looks of those teeth I think it is wise to stay clear. they are, after all, a wild animal!
zyziza14-Apr-2010 15:56
Of course my dear ;-)))
Vince14-Apr-2010 13:16
Terrific shot with excellent details. Admire your bravery Liz. Vote.
Randy Adams14-Apr-2010 12:09
Such a cutie...too bad his teeth are so sharp! Brave shot Liz! V
Blandine Mangin14-Apr-2010 06:33
beautiful portrait ! v
January Grey14-Apr-2010 05:46
Very interesting info, Liz. Never would have dreamed that seals would be aggressive towards humans. A terrific close-up and humorous title! Cute little critter. V~
Bryan Murahashi14-Apr-2010 05:24
Sharp teeth for this cute face.
Adeline14-Apr-2010 05:07
Wow thanks for the information that I was not aware about. Great image. GBV
deborahcuming14-Apr-2010 04:37
great detail! I did not know they could be so aggressive, or dangerous...interesting. V
coaster14-Apr-2010 04:32
Good capture!
Alex Foong14-Apr-2010 03:23
Well captured of a beautiful Fur Seal portrait. ~V~
Simon Chandler14-Apr-2010 01:03
Excellent capture of the expression of the subject. V

Funny title but serious warning.
Debi14-Apr-2010 00:54
Those teeth look quite sharp. Great shot!
Jeanne Dammarell13-Apr-2010 23:03
Well, Liz, you definitely have his full attention and eye contact! That's a very distinctive angle to the teeth. Great work!
bill friedlander13-Apr-2010 20:45
Excellent closeup of the seal. Those sharp teeth that he has. Not wise to get too close. V
marie-jose wolff13-Apr-2010 19:21
great portrait of this fur seal! V
Colin Storey13-Apr-2010 19:11
Agressive but also very cute, great shot of him. v
Jim Coffman13-Apr-2010 18:58
I had no idea they were aggressive! Such a sweet face! V
Tom Munson13-Apr-2010 17:44
Fantastic image,Liz! He's not to happy with you! Great work!
Patricia Kay13-Apr-2010 16:42
Wonderful image Liz...So glad you got home safe and sound...BV
Sofia Solomennikova13-Apr-2010 10:21
Next time I go on the expedition, I will be cautious ))) great sharp teeth :) V
lou_rozensteins13-Apr-2010 09:36
It's a great portrait that shows off those sharp teeth. Nice shot, and interesting information. Well done.
Stephanie13-Apr-2010 09:22
Those are some wicked teeth that seal is packing! Interesting information on these not-so-loveable creatures! Love this shot Liz! V