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Views of Africa
SEPTEMBER 2005
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Photograph by George Steinmetz

Cape fur seals sun themselves in Namibia's Skeleton Coast Park, where in many areas tourism takes a backseat to nature's needs. To prevent the Cape fur seals from feeling threatened, visitors can view them for no more than an hour at a time a few days a week—if they have strong stomachs, says Chris Leibenberg, a guide with Wilderness Safaris. "You have not experienced true stench in your life until you have stood downwind of 30,000 Cape fur seals on a hot day."

Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Nikon 8008
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 17-35 zoom at 20mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/500 @ f/2.8

Weather Conditions: Unrecorded
Time of Day: Forty minutes before sunset
Lighting Techniques: Natural light
Special Equipment: Motorized paraglider

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