Photo Title: Harbor seal
Photo ID: BOTVHarborseal
Category: California images, Marine Mammals, Channel Islands, CA
Location: Channel Islands, CA
Scientific name: Phoca vitulina
Key Words: harbor seal, California, Channel Islands, Santa Cruz Island, National Park, National Marine Sanctuary, kelp forest, marine mammal, underwater, photograph, stock footage
Description: Knowlton worked for years as a captain on the dive boat TRUTH in Santa Barbara and dived extensively at the Channel Islands. Knowlton says, "while diving in a kelp forest behind Santa Cruz Island, a harbor seal followed me as I photographed the reef. I tried not to pay attention to it and that made the seal more curious and relaxed. At the end of the dive, I turned around and photographed this portrait of my 'new dive buddy' as she hung suspended beside me".
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