Montague Island and the Sea Dogs

Image: Richard Vevers/Underwater Australia

Australian Seals suffer something of an identity crisis. They are actually sea lions, not seals, and yet they look nothing like the fearsome jungle creature.

They really should have been called been called sea dogs, and not just because of their looks. Australian Seals love to play with humans, bark underwater and even give birth to pups. They’re also not too good at cleaning up after themselves. The smell of a seal colony can get so bad that even seals find it revolting. When the odour gets too much to bear they’ll move the whole colony up-wind to another part of the island. One of the best places to see Australian seals is Montague Island in NSW where these shots were taken (up-wind of the colony, fortunately).

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