Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Harbor seal visitor

A harbor seal pup rested on the sand at Piedras Blancas yesterday. He was a cute little guy, immediately recognizable as different from the other youngsters who are already arriving for their fall haul-out.
The adults don't take much notice of the juveniles. This youngster sleeps peacefully among his elders. They all enjoyed the cool, wet kelp as a bed.
Other males continue to work on their fighting skills. Active fighting was mostly in the water.

On the beach, dominance confrontations were confined to threat and retreat, as between these two.