LOBSTER SEASON OPENS IN LA JOLLA & FROM THE SHORE I OBSERVE PELICANS RIDING ON THE BOATS AND SEA LIONS WAITING FOR A BREAKFAST BAIT HANDOUT AS THE LOBSTER TRAPS ARE EMPTIED. CALIFORNIA SPINY LOBSTERS ARE NOT “TRUE” LOBSTERS AS THEY HAVE NO CLAWS. One time a bunch of lobster traps washed up into La Jolla Cove after a storm & the lifeguards emptied the traps of all the lobsters, put them into buckets and returned them out to the marine reserve park where fishing is illegal. It was wonderful to see that these creatures had a second chance at life.
MID OCTOBER 2014 – DAILY ART JOURNAL – Autumn in San Diego. finally the coastal fog & cooler weather has returned. It’s a pleasant 75 degrees. As usual the high surf has broken some of the lobster traps loose & these dangerous traps are dragging around at the edge of the beach. Worrisome how many injuries the fishing industry causes marine mammals & birds.
We have very pregnant harbor seals at the beach & 2 miscarriages have already occurred. The harbor seal pupping season doesn’t start until February & it’s way too early for these seals to be this pregnant & giving birth. I’ve seen this happen in January before, but never in November! Is this climate change? Some diver left a giant red kelp crab up on a rock at the beach. Thank goodness it was dead & I didn’t have to worry about figuring out how to get it back in the ocean.
I went whale watching to renew my spirit & to remind myself that the ocean life I observe at the edge of the shore is only a small bit of what is really in the sea. A mega-pod of more than 1,000 common dolphins showed up right away. The squeaking dolphins jumping just because they love the sea so much always brings tears to my eyes. Beauty heals. This trip brought out bunches of flying fish skittering up from beneath the sea at the bow of the boat & then FLYING. Actual like-a-bird flying! They were so magical. We saw humpback whales, too. I’m longing to see a humpback whale breech like the one that did a full breech up in Los Angeles. There’s always a reason to return on another whale watching trip as the sea is different every minute of every day.
Don’t worry if the tide goes out, it always returns. Living life like the rhythm of the sea is good advice. Blessings to you today.
DAILY ART JOURNAL 2014 -End of September & Beginning of October – San Diego Autumn brings longer nights with the sun setting at 7:00 p.m. Daylight savings time must be right around the corner. Tonight the pumpkin sunset was marvelous. The harbor seals were joined by a snowy egret. Lobster fisherman are in full swing & as usual the pelicans are hitching rides while hoping for a handout. A tiny green insect found a place to sit on a geranium flower. I’m painting fairy tale fantasy birds & cutting out paper hearts for a card project. Japanese doll cookies are so funny as the biscuits inside are plain & the doll image is only on the cellophane wrapper. Still I love them.