Eadweard Muybridge Seal Rocks, California
Medium Albumen print from wet plate negative
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1870c Print Date 1870c
Dimensions 15 x 21-1/8 in. (381 x 537 mm)
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country United Kingdom (UK)
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
The photograph came from an Italian album with other Muybridge images, although some feel it might be Watkins. Both photographers documented the tiny islands early on. The photograph has a printed title in Italian on a strip pasted to the board below the image: "Rocca del Ritrovo delle Foche Venute dall' Alaska." Seal Rocks actually consist of five rock formations, although you can only see portions of four of the formations in this image. The lone rock farthest north is called North Seal Rock. The other four major rocks are grouped together and are closer to the Cliff House. The largest rock in this group is the one farthest from the shore and is known as Arch Rock (there is a natural arch in the rock). The flatest rock is known as Repose rock (most favored by sun-basking sea lions). The rock closest to the Cliff house is Cone Rock. And the small rock between Arch Rock and Cone Rock is called Hermit Rock. Seal Rocks situated just off the shoreline near the Cliff House has long been a safe haven to California and Stellar Sea Lions. Although not actually seals, sea lions, with their fin feet and limbs are recognized by most people as seals. Ten months out of the year (September through June) you can see sea lions habitating the several rocks which make up Seal Rocks.
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