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After 5 years of observing the Harbor seals, here’s what I think. Harbor seals live their entire lives with the tides. Low tides, high tides, warming ocean, winter waves, summer heat. Even while watching these gigantic crashing waves, some seals enter the sea with joy, while others seize an opportunity to rest. They live their lives with a mindful intention to be the best they can be in that particular moment in those particular circumstances. They live as a community. Harbor seals love their pups & they mourn the loss of the elders. It seems that seals just have faith & trust that they are living their lives every single day, every single moment as they should be. It is an awesome experience, rich with moments of joy & grief. It is a spiritual awakening that I am lucky enough to share my life by-the-sea with the Harbor seals.  

Note:  for a short video of this high tide event go to You Tube:  California By-the-Sea.  


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.