Wound Photos

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Bull elephant seal exits the water to retake his position on the beach.  He shows considerable scarring on his chest and proboscis from many winters fighting other males for territory and rights to a harem of females.  Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon
Bull elephant seal exits the water to retake his position on the beach. He shows considerable scarring on his chest and proboscis from many winters fighting other males for territory and rights to a harem of females. Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California.
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Image ID: 15458  
California sea lion wounded from entanglement in fishing line, La Jolla, Zalophus californianus
California sea lion wounded from entanglement in fishing line, La Jolla.
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: La Jolla, California
Image ID: 35156  
Steller sea lion entanglement, line wrapped around the sea lion's neck,  injury and infection from the wound can weaken and kill the animal, Norris Rocks, Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada, Eumetopias jubatus
Steller sea lion entanglement, line wrapped around the sea lion's neck, injury and infection from the wound can weaken and kill the animal, Norris Rocks, Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Species: Steller sea lion, Eumetopias jubatus
Location: Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada
Image ID: 32668  
North Pacific humpback whale showing extensive scarring, almost certainly from a boat propeller, on dorsal ridge.  This female North Pacific humpback whale was first seen with the depicted lacerations near the island of Maui in the Hawaiian Islands in the mid-90s, and is the original humpback to bear the name 'Blade Runner'. This female has apparently recovered, as evidenced the calf she was observed nurturing. A South Pacific humpback whale endured a similar injury in Sydney Australia in 2001, and bears a remarkably similar scar pattern to the above-pictured whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
North Pacific humpback whale showing extensive scarring, almost certainly from a boat propeller, on dorsal ridge. This female North Pacific humpback whale was first seen with the depicted lacerations near the island of Maui in the Hawaiian Islands in the mid-90s, and is the original humpback to bear the name 'Blade Runner'. This female has apparently recovered, as evidenced the calf she was observed nurturing. A South Pacific humpback whale endured a similar injury in Sydney Australia in 2001, and bears a remarkably similar scar pattern to the above-pictured whale.
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii
Image ID: 05909  
California Sea Lion mother with her pup, mother has injury, open wound, La Jolla, California, Zalophus californianus
California Sea Lion mother with her pup, mother has injury, open wound, La Jolla, California.
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: La Jolla, California
Image ID: 36583  
Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males.
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Image ID: 35149  
California sea lion entangled in fishing line, deep laceration around neck, Point La Jolla, Zalophus californianus
California sea lion entangled in fishing line, deep laceration around neck, Point La Jolla.
Species: California, Zalophus californianus
Location: La Jolla, California
Image ID: 37835  
Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males.
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Image ID: 35147  
Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males.
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Image ID: 35152  
California sea lion wounded from entanglement in fishing line, La Jolla, Zalophus californianus
California sea lion wounded from entanglement in fishing line, La Jolla.
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: La Jolla, California
Image ID: 35157  
Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males.  Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon
Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males. Central California.
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Image ID: 15387  
This bull elephant seal, an old adult male, shows extreme scarring on his chest and proboscis from many winters fighting other males for territory and rights to a harem of females.  Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon
This bull elephant seal, an old adult male, shows extreme scarring on his chest and proboscis from many winters fighting other males for territory and rights to a harem of females. Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California.
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Image ID: 15388  
Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males.
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Image ID: 35143  
California sea lion entangled in fishing line, deep laceration around neck, Point La Jolla, Zalophus californianus
California sea lion entangled in fishing line, deep laceration around neck, Point La Jolla.
Species: California, Zalophus californianus
Location: La Jolla, California
Image ID: 37830  
California sea lion wounded from entanglement in fishing line, La Jolla, Zalophus californianus
California sea lion wounded from entanglement in fishing line, La Jolla.
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: La Jolla, California
Image ID: 35161  
Galapagos sea lion with shark bite, Zalophus californianus wollebacki, Zalophus californianus wollebaeki
Galapagos sea lion with shark bite.
Species: Galapagos sea lion, Zalophus californianus wollebacki, Zalophus californianus wollebaeki
Location: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Image ID: 01713  
North Pacific humpback whale, adult male with bloody head nodules wounded from colliding with other escorts during competitive interactions, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui
North Pacific humpback whale, adult male with bloody head nodules wounded from colliding with other escorts during competitive interactions.
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii
Image ID: 02152  
Blade Runner, the injured North Pacific humpback whale, is seen with her calf swimming alongside. This humpback whale showing extensive scarring, almost certainly from a boat propeller, on dorsal ridge.  This female North Pacific humpback whale was first seen with the depicted lacerations near the island of Maui in the Hawaiian Islands in the mid-90s, and is the original humpback to bear the name 'Blade Runner'. This female has apparently recovered, as evidenced by her calf in the background. A South Pacific humpback whale endured a similar injury in Sydney Australia in 2001, and bears a remarkably similar scar pattern to the above-pictured whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Blade Runner, the injured North Pacific humpback whale, is seen with her calf swimming alongside. This humpback whale showing extensive scarring, almost certainly from a boat propeller, on dorsal ridge. This female North Pacific humpback whale was first seen with the depicted lacerations near the island of Maui in the Hawaiian Islands in the mid-90s, and is the original humpback to bear the name 'Blade Runner'. This female has apparently recovered, as evidenced by her calf in the background. A South Pacific humpback whale endured a similar injury in Sydney Australia in 2001, and bears a remarkably similar scar pattern to the above-pictured whale.
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii
Image ID: 05907  
California sea lion entangled in fishing line, deep laceration around neck, Point La Jolla, Zalophus californianus
California sea lion entangled in fishing line, deep laceration around neck, Point La Jolla.
Species: California, Zalophus californianus
Location: La Jolla, California
Image ID: 37833  
Bull elephant seal exits the water to retake his position on the beach.  He shows considerable scarring on his chest and proboscis from many winters fighting other males for territory and rights to a harem of females.  Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon
Bull elephant seal exits the water to retake his position on the beach. He shows considerable scarring on his chest and proboscis from many winters fighting other males for territory and rights to a harem of females. Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California.
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Image ID: 20394  
California sea lion entangled in fishing line, deep laceration around neck, Point La Jolla, Zalophus californianus
California sea lion entangled in fishing line, deep laceration around neck, Point La Jolla.
Species: California, Zalophus californianus
Location: La Jolla, California
Image ID: 37834  
This bull elephant seal, an old adult male, shows extreme scarring on his chest and proboscis from many winters fighting other males for territory and rights to a harem of females, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
This bull elephant seal, an old adult male, shows extreme scarring on his chest and proboscis from many winters fighting other males for territory and rights to a harem of females.
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Image ID: 20393  
California sea lion entangled in fishing line, deep laceration around neck, Point La Jolla, Zalophus californianus
California sea lion entangled in fishing line, deep laceration around neck, Point La Jolla.
Species: California, Zalophus californianus
Location: La Jolla, California
Image ID: 37831  
California sea lion entangled in fishing line, deep laceration around neck, Point La Jolla, Zalophus californianus
California sea lion entangled in fishing line, deep laceration around neck, Point La Jolla.
Species: California, Zalophus californianus
Location: La Jolla, California
Image ID: 37832  
California sea lion entangled in fishing line, deep laceration around neck, Point La Jolla, Zalophus californianus
California sea lion entangled in fishing line, deep laceration around neck, Point La Jolla.
Species: California, Zalophus californianus
Location: La Jolla, California
Image ID: 37836  
California sea lion entangled in fishing line, deep laceration around neck, Point La Jolla, Zalophus californianus
California sea lion entangled in fishing line, deep laceration around neck, Point La Jolla.
Species: California, Zalophus californianus
Location: La Jolla, California
Image ID: 37837  
California sea lion entangled in fishing line, deep laceration around neck, Point La Jolla, Zalophus californianus
California sea lion entangled in fishing line, deep laceration around neck, Point La Jolla.
Species: California, Zalophus californianus
Location: La Jolla, California
Image ID: 37838  
California sea lion entangled in fishing line, deep laceration around neck, Point La Jolla, Zalophus californianus
California sea lion entangled in fishing line, deep laceration around neck, Point La Jolla.
Species: California, Zalophus californianus
Location: La Jolla, California
Image ID: 37839  
A bull elephant seal rears up on his foreflippers, surverying his beach territory.  He displays scarring on his chest and proboscis from fighting other males for territory and rights to a harem of females.  Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon
A bull elephant seal rears up on his foreflippers, surverying his beach territory. He displays scarring on his chest and proboscis from fighting other males for territory and rights to a harem of females. Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California.
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Image ID: 15407  
Bull elephant seal in surf, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males.  Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon
Bull elephant seal in surf, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males. Central California.
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Image ID: 15436  
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