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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Nature Mandala

In a scientific expedition to Snow Island, Antarctica, we had as camp company a colony of more than 200 southern elephant seals. During the days with strong winds, this group formed different designs trying to protect itself.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 12.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Snow Island, Antarctica
Camera: FC6310
Copyright: © Eduardo de Oliveira Bastos