16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A seal snoozing on oil pipe

This image shows seals sleeping upon an oil pipe that connects to a greater oil rig in the Pacific Ocean. I noticed many animals that call this area home, but also saw numerous floating oil cans and other pollution. I wanted to show the innocent nature of these seals and how they have taken to using these rigs as harbors to rest at in the ocean.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 01.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: near Longbeach, California, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D3100
Copyright: © Lauren McDonald