I took these photos in Monterey, California, a couple of weeks ago. We were on a walk from our hotel which took us past the aquarium and on towards Lover's Point, heading to an old restaurant frequented by us 27 years ago. Unfortunately it was closed due to renovations. Not too disappointed as we didn't even expect it to still be there, the consolation being that wonderful walk along the ocean for a couple of miles. It was hard to pick up a brisk pace because there was so much to see along the way, which included the seals where we stayed for at least half an hour observing them. It was incredible to be finally able to view these wonderful creatures in their own natural habitat. My heart was literally filled with joy at the sight of them.
I had actually been taking photos of a bird I had never seen before when another tourist and fellow photographer told me that there were seals only a short distance from where we were. Picking up our pace we reached Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station.
I couldn't help but put the speech bubble on this photo. There were several young seals swimming back to the beach looking for parents.
There were about two dozen seals snoozing in the sun. All my photos were taken by positioning the lens of my camera through the trellis. It just about fit.
"The beach below is part of the Hopkins State Marine Reserve and is a frequent haul-out for resident harbor seals (Phoca vitulina).
Births take place during April and May. Newborn pups weigh about 20 pounds and nurse for 15 to 40 days before they are weaned.
Males start breeding at five years and weigh up to 200 pounds. Females breed at three to four years and weigh about 150 pounds.
Average dive time is five to eight minutes, but can be as long as 35 minutes. They can dive as deep as 1,500 feet."
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