a seal lying on a rock
Photograph ©2024 by Brian Cohen.

Fur Seals at Milford Sound in New Zealand. Sunday Morning Photograph.

They are flippin’ adorable, fur sure.

New Zealand became new seal land when fur seals at Milford Sound appeared on the surface of a large rock while I was aboard a vessel on a cruise in the legendary fjord.

Fur Seals at Milford Sound in New Zealand. Sunday Morning Photograph.

a seal on a rock by water
Photograph ©2024 by Brian Cohen.

One seal climbed out of the water and started to ascend the steep slope. The other seal was relaxing — seemingly to the point of sleeping. Note the dense underfur of the seal at the top of the rock.

a seal lying on a rock
Photograph ©2024 by Brian Cohen.

Final Boarding Call

Eight of the nine known species of fur seals are found primarily in the southern hemisphere. They are much more closely related to sea lions than true seals.

The purpose of the weekly series of Sunday Morning Photograph articles is to feature photographs from my travels around the world which you can view while enjoying your morning coffee.

Please click here for a complete list of the Sunday Morning Photograph series of articles at The Gate With Brian Cohen, which include photographs taken of nature and sights of interest in many countries and territories around the world — including but not limited to:

Andorra • Argentina • Australia • Austria • Bahamas • Bahrain • Belgium • Belarus • Botswana • Brazil • Bulgaria • Canada • China • Chile • Colombia • Côte d’Ivoire or Ivory Coast • Cyprus — including the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus • Czechia or Czech Republic • Denmark • Dominican Republic • Egypt • England in Great Britain in the United Kingdom • Estonia • Finland • France • Germany • Hungary • Iceland • Ireland • Italy • Kenya • Latvia • Lebanon • Lesotho • Liechtenstein • Lithuania • Luxembourg • Malaysia • Morocco • Mozambique • Netherlands • New Zealand • Oman • Panama • Philippines • Poland • Portugal • Romania • Singapore • Slovenia • South Africa • South Korea • Spain • Swaziland or Eswatini • Sweden • Switzerland • Thailand • United Arab Emirates • United States of America • Uruguay

All photographs ©2024 by Brian Cohen.

  1. Considering the number of passengers aboard the various touring vessels in Milford Sound at any given time and the limited deck space afforded on each, I am surprised you were able to capture such a vivid close-up photograph of these marine mammals.

    Which operator of excursions in the sound did you choose for your journey?

    And did you, as I, find Milford Sound beautiful but not so beautiful that a similar experience couldn’t be had by cruising the waters along the state of Alaska?

    1. I have been to Milford Sound twice and Alaska twice and agree with your opinions, Greg. One can go to Alaska and watch whales and enjoy puffins while cruising the waters off the shore of Kenai Fjords National Park. Some of those cruises offer a meal. I enjoyed Alaskan salmon aboard one of those small vessels years ago.

      Southern Discovery Cruises was chosen for the Milford Sound cruise because the maximum limit of the number of people aboard one of their vessels was 36; and fewer people were on the vessel with me because it was their first cruise of the day. Upon departure, the majority of people had not yet arrived on tour buses from Queenstown.

      The seals had no issue at all with the vessel approaching. I remember the moment being remarkably quiet…

      1. I see, being the early worm and planning accordingly offered more than a worm in your case. Thank you for the location recommendation in Alaska.

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