Sunday, August 25, 2013

Youngsters arriving

As summer draws to a close, the young seals start arriving on the beach for their fall haul-out. The young of the year, last January's pups, return at this time, too. Several very small seals are already on the beach. They may be this year's pups, already successful at their first migration.

 They co-exist comfortably with the adults and subadults on the beach. They may tussle with each other, but they don't pick on the kids.

Adults made their presence known from the water. This one kept raising his head out of the water and bellowing, as if challenging other males to come get him.
These two adult males are completing their molt, while the third above them already shows his 2013 skin.

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