Monday, October 29, 2012

Blubber and Bubbles

If you ever need a reminder of how to relax and have a good time, you should spend time with seals.

During last week’s trip to California, we drove out to Goat Rock Beach, where the Russian River flows into the Pacific Ocean. A colony of Pacific Harbor Seals has managed to hang on here, in spite of troublesome people and pollution.
When we viewed them (from the recommended distance), most of them were belly-up on the beach, enjoying the sun.

Occasionally one of them went for a swim, willing to catch a fish if it was easy.

I think that seal was smiling.


  1. We have a colony of grey seals not too far from us.
    Seals or selkies feature in many British legends. Is this the same in the US?

    1. I just know of one legend of the selkie girl who gave up her skin, and I think that is one of the old English or Irish tales that immigrated. The coastal Indian tribes must have had some stories about the seals, but I don't know them.

  2. Aren't they fun? We've been on the Pacific Coast this summer for an extended period and have so enjoyed viewing seals too - I totally agree with your observation. And otters? They're a lot of fun too. I always swear they're smiling at us.

    1. I would love to see otters! I've seen them at the aquarium but never in the wild. They always seem to be playing.