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NOAA Photo Library Image - fish8346

Southern elephant seals at a wallow. Elephant seals gather in these wallows, or muddy pits, during their molting season, and use the mud and friction to help shed dead skin. Wallows have a very strong odor made up of seal musk and feces, and are comprised of thick, peaty mud.

Image ID: fish8346, NOAA's Fisheries Collection
Location: Antarctica, Cape Shirreff, Livingston Island
Photo Date: 1994
Photographer: Ray Buchheit
Credit: NOAA NMFS SWFSC Antarctic Marine Living Resources (AMLR) Program

Category: Fisheries/

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