One of the newest Harbor seal pups was being annoyed by a sea gull who thought pecking the pup’s tail might somehow be a meal. The Harbor seal mom chased the gull away several times & then decided it was time to take her pup for a swim. The pesky gull followed the pup right to the edge of the water. The pup climbed onto mom’s back & off they swam!
THIS IS THE MOST HEART WARMING HARBOR SEAL STORY! In 2013 there was a pup named “Roxy” who had a fishing line cutting into her flesh and was rescued. The line was removed and the Harbor seal pup was treated and released. Right away she swam back to the seal colony at Casa Beach and rejoined the group! Now in 2018, she has showed up at the beach with her very first birth of a Harbor seal pup, which has been named “Strummer”. It really is amazing to see the seal who was struggling now giving birth to a new member of the La Jolla Harbor seal colony.
A HUGE GARIBALDI FISH GOT TRAPPED IN A TIDE POOL UNTIL HIGH TIDE! This particular reef has a tide pool shaped perfectly round with an indentation around it that is a shallow pool, which attracts lots of tiny shore crabs. The Garibaldi fish swam around and around waiting impatiently for the high tide so he could escape. The tiny shore crabs swarmed around the tide pool hole & the Harbor seals napped nearby. When a Willet shore bird came by to catch the crabs, the crabs all scurried to the edge of the reef and tucked themselves into crevices. Such is ocean life at La Jolla! You can watch a video of the Garibaldi fish swimming at YouTube: California By the Sea!