Weekend Wanderings: Seals at the Melbourne Zoo
The title probably isn’t real for this post, while the zoo has many seals, this post is really only about one. Last week I had a Social Snappers Photography Excursion to the Zoo, and while I was there I decided to become a member. I know many people are against zoos, but I really like what the Melbourne Zoo does and how they treat the animals in their care. People visiting them comes second to the care of them and ensuring they are treated well.
When I first started to prepare the photos for this post I was going to show lots of the animals, but the thing we did that we enjoyed the most was watching the Seal show or talk. We watched Tarwin and I took so many photos that I decided to share the show with you in images, I hope you don’t mind.
She was very entertaining, and she came to the zoo with a very interesting story, and I’m not going to tell you her story, as the zoo has included it on their website, Meet our Seals: Tarwin.
It was a very challenging thing to photograph and yesterday’s post was very important and things I will have to think about next time. I know this is quite different to the wild, but it was still difficult and things like patience can be just as important, as well as being quick, it is so easy to miss things.
While part of the show is for fun too, it is also meant to be educational. They make Tarwin do things to help people understand how important it is to be careful about throwing things away in the ocean. So many seals are injured because of fishing and the irresponsible disposal of fishing line and nets. So there is quite a bit about helping the seals.
There are lots of trick too, which delight the crowds and also help people understand the message more. I have to say she moves so fast, that I was surprised I got anything. Now that I have my membership I can go back again and again, so I can practice doing this sort of photography, would be good to get better at it. I did remember to turn up my ISO so I could get a fast shutter speed, I opened up the aperture too to help with the speed. I think my ISO was on 800, but I could have gone higher, next time I think I will.
Then there is the reward at the end, well the rewards happen all the way through it. It was a little tricky trying to photograph it, but that’s okay, I can practice another time.
I have quite a few photos for you now, they are all of Tarwin, except the first photo, which was another seal in the pool when we got there, then it was removed so Tarwin could do her thing. They aren’t great photos, but hopefully you get an idea of what the show was like. It is getting hot here again, going to be very hot today, so I wouldn’t mind climbing into that pool with Tarwin. I hope you are warm or cool where ever you are.