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Harem?

I hope this shot has not been posted here before.  If it has, please excuse my advanced age for the memory lapse. It shows a harem of seals sunning on the beach. The boating all around did not seem to bother it.

 

 

HERD, HAREM*, TRIP or ROOKERY* of seals
A POD of seals (a small herd)

 

* Tom Clarke has commented - "I note that you list harem for seals.

A harem usually refers to a group of female seals who have been organized

or collected by a single male for breeding purposes."

 

* Leigh-Anne Kolasinski advises that the term "rookery" is normally used

for the place where seals give birth rather than as a collective noun.

 

Another term used for on land habitat of seals/sea lions is 'haul-out'

but this would not be used as a collective noun.

 

From a UK site.

 

Harem?

I hope this shot has not been posted here before.  If it has, please excuse my advanced age for the memory lapse. It shows a harem of seals sunning on the beach. The boating all around did not seem to bother it.

 

 

HERD, HAREM*, TRIP or ROOKERY* of seals
A POD of seals (a small herd)

 

* Tom Clarke has commented - "I note that you list harem for seals.

A harem usually refers to a group of female seals who have been organized

or collected by a single male for breeding purposes."

 

* Leigh-Anne Kolasinski advises that the term "rookery" is normally used

for the place where seals give birth rather than as a collective noun.

 

Another term used for on land habitat of seals/sea lions is 'haul-out'

but this would not be used as a collective noun.

 

From a UK site.

 

comments (14)

I love that little finger of land reaching out into the bay... interesting info on the seals!
Thank you for your informative words very nicely illustrated Mary!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 5 Feb 2016, 06:52
If the seals stayed in the water we would have none of these linguistic conundrums
If you HAVE posted it before, Mary, it bears repeating, especially with the added text. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 5 Feb 2016, 10:31
I wonder what would be wrong with a lot of seals smile
Some people can be so pedantic Mary, I don't care what it's called, just a great sight.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Feb 2016, 12:30
As the information is from a UK site then it it must be right smile

Don't worry about repeating it (Assuming you have); it's a fine scene worth seeing again in any case.
In my naivety it hadn't crossed my mind that you might get Seals in Canada, they are lovely creatures.
  • Robbyne
  • United States
  • 5 Feb 2016, 14:42
All gathering to take in the day...
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Feb 2016, 16:10
A fine collection of seals and the collective terms for them smile
I thought it was the preserve of rich Arabs to have such a gathering of supplicants.
I don't recall seeing this before Mary
I don't recall seeing it before, Mary. My dictionary of collective nouns only gives "pod" for seals, so I think Clarke's comments are all correct smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Feb 2016, 08:11
I don't recall seeing it before, Mary.

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