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!
HARBOR SEAL PUPPING SEASON IN LA JOLLA, SAN DIEGO IS IN FULL SWING NOW! The Harbor seal colony has 15 healthy, thriving & playful pups as of yesterday. All are bonded with attentive moms & are delightful to watch. There are more pregnant seals arriving everyday, too! Here’s a few photos of a pup enjoying seal life on an eel-grass covered reef at low tide. Mom is so patient. The pup nurses enthusiastically! The tide starts to come in, the seals raise their tails & heads to stay dry. The pups are on their way to being a member of the La Jolla Harbor seal colony. It is a delight and a privilege to be able to observe them.
KING TIDES & THE LA JOLLA HARBOR SEALS – This morning at 8 a.m. a King Tide of 8 feet caused giant waves to crash over the sea wall in La Jolla. 140 Harbor Seals moved far up onto the beach to take shelter & rest. A Snowy Egret foraged on the beach along with a beautiful Whimbrel. Seals continued to arrive. One seal stopped to yawn on her way to a nap. Pupping season for the Harbor seals is a month away & there are quite a few pregnant seals really needing to rest. The awesome power of the sea was spectacular.