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.
Harbor seal pupping season in La Jolla is winding down. The fat little pups are only a day or two away from being weaned. The pups already weaned are dropping a bit of their weight from nursing as they now have to find fish to eat all by themselves. They pitifully cry “mooooom” to no avail. Soon their cries will fade, their hope of suckling will be just a dream & the real beginning of surviving in the Harbor seal colony will begin.
Birds, birds, birds. Everywhere I look right now on the coast in La Jolla, there are birds!
The bluffs are filled with Cormorant nests & some chicks there have arrived! The chicks that are just starting to get big have downy black feathers, which are like black velvet. When the chicks sit up now to beg for food, they are as tall as their parents. Some of the Cormorant chicks are starting to get pin feathers & are already flapping their wings as if to say “I’m going to fly, I’m going to fly!” Some of the late breeding Cormorants are still building their beautiful sea weed nests, but the Cormorant breeding season here is in full swing. I spot some fledged Cormorants sitting on the bluff now. They are easy to spot because their shiny black feathers are pristine like a brand new black car, these Cormorants have not experienced much of life yet, but they are launching themselves into the air & below the sea to fish now. Continue reading