We saw him again on the way back. He was the only one on the beach– his pals were all out on a rock. I wondered if he was ill, but he seemed fine, just curious and drowsy.
I have never seen a seal so close before. I saw some sea lions when I was kayaking and they were (I’m convinced) considering capsizing me. They are so big, and we are so small in comparison. It’s less scary to run into one on the beach, where outrunning it is pretty likely. But it showed no hostility or concern, just mild curiosity.
I like to think it was waving bye-bye as we left. Yet another reason to join us at Asilomar– seals, sea lions, sea otters and lots of other wildlife are part of the California Beach lifestyle (yeah, everyone talks about the surfers and beach bunnies, but that’s farther south. ).