February 23, 2012

Another morning watching the seals in the surf. The past few days has been birthing season. And, in full swing. Seeing a large group of sea gulls squawking in the surf next to the seals was quite a sight. And then I realized why. A baby had just been born. The after birth was being consumed almost as fast as the birth had taken place. All in the not so gentle surf of the rookery here in Carpinteria.

Within just a few minutes, the baby was washed out in the deep water, followed by the mother. She immediately gave lessons on staying close to her, as the baby had no trouble handling the swimming. As I watched in fascination, another baby was suckling her mom, again laying in the surf. Interesting to watch how often the baby got disconnected while attempting to feed.

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