Friday, January 15, 2016

Seal Play

I have a bunch of photos I want to share of the past 24 hours, but for the sake of order, I need to show you these first!

A couple of weeks ago, we were having very cold, frosty weather. I guess a seal wanted to check it out!

The seals like to 'fish off the hull' , as I say. They often work in pairs to 'herd' schools of fish up against the hulls of the boats at the dock, and pick off their lunch. This day a seal left evidence of a departure from the usual. You can tell that it came up on the left, headed across the dock, but made a sharp turn back to the water at the right.

A close-up of fin prints and belly flops.

An unusual selfie. You may at first believe that I want to show you the metridium (plumose anemone). Which I do. But mainly I wanted to show the wide space we often step over to get from Viking Star to the dock. The other day I stepped off as normal. But when Al followed, he gave a yelp of surprise! Just as he stepped, he saw a seal below -- probably fishing off OUR hull.

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