Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Harbor Seal Pups!


Ahhhh! Cute overload! My brother was in town for a few days so we decided we needed to show him all the cool stuff Humboldt has to offer. We got crazy lucky with weather and sightings (more on that later), including the harbor seals (Phoca vitulina). We went to the secret seal spot (SSS). Okay, it's not so much secret, but it's rare that people are ever around there. (Just the way I like it).
Anyway, there were about 20 adults and 4 very young pups lounging on their favorite beach spot. On our walk back (this time by the ocean, not the river), there was a newborn pup on the beach. Holy baby animal overstimulation! It was loving the sun and I'm pretty sure no living thing on earth has ever experienced the extent of relaxation this guy was enjoying.
It's normal for the mom to leave the pup on the beach for pretty long periods of time while she feeds in the ocean. So, if you see a baby seal on the beach alone, fret not. Pup season here is from April until July and females usually have one a year. She'll wean the baby for about 6 weeks and after that the little guy is more or less on his or her own foraging wise.
I didn't take too many photos of the baby so as not to disturb his state of peace, so I just snapped a couple quick ones and we went on our way. He looked up at me a couple times - what a sweet little face! Check out the babies in the other pictures - they are sleeping so hard, I love it! Nature Notes, Scenic Sunday, Camera Critters, SOOC

49 comments:

Suzi Smith said...

Oh... he looks so content... gorgeous!

Müge said...

Adorable! Gorgeous! Wonderful! Magnificient photos!

Clytie said...

Holy baby animal overstimulation indeed!!!

Precious. Adorable. Lucky, lucky you!!!

Mama Zen said...

That is some serious cute overload!

Robin said...

That is just the sweetest thing ever.

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Dan said...

Awwwww - how relaxed does he look!!?? Lovely pics!
Dan
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Woody said...

Where do I sign up for the rest and relaxation part? Great shots!!

lynda Howells said...

oh so gorgeous and the pup is sooooo cute. Thank you for sharing your beautiful images. lynda
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Carver said...

Wow, they are so adorable. Fantastic shots. I could hang out and watch them indefinitely.

Misty Dawn said...

Oh my gosh! They are SO adorable! LOVE these photos!

NatureFootstep said...

the little one is a real beauty with the color and patterns. :)

Steve Borichevsky said...

Hey, wake up sleepyhead! Yup, too cute for their own good.

JM said...

These are some of the cutest seal shots I have ever seen. Fantastic!

eileeninmd said...

Wow, how cool! The baby seal is just adorable. Great shots, Jill!

jason said...

*picks self up off floor, looks again, falls down again*

Total cuteness! It's just too much to take.

But I have to look again...

Stephanie V said...

Seals - babies and adults - have this bonelessness to them that makes their relaxation look so complete. I love to watch them sunning themselves on the nearby docks. Never seen one on a beach...cool!

ramblingwoods said...

Oh gosh...you could just go and pick one up..of course I wouldn't. How can people makes any of these animals into coats....sigh... anyway. You frog post would be great for Save-The-Frog Day Jill.. everything you write is great..
--Michelle--

Kala said...

Adorable, cute and so sweet!

MyMaracas said...

Man. And I thought my cat could relax. LOL Seriously adorable!

Caron said...

That's the picture of peacefulness and I love it. It makes me want to rub his tummy. :)

Lois said...

Talk about a sunbath!

joanny said...

Beautiful -- shot of our sea creatures.... I keep signing those petitions now going on for over 30 years --- still --
Yes -- you gotta love the (North) West-- California coast line is amazing I do not get down there enough these days-- sign.

Joanny

Anna said...

Oh wow they are so so cute!
Anna :)

Colleen said...

That little seal is adorable!

Dominic Gendron said...

So cute..............! The 2 first one's are just amzing ;)

simply divina said...

How i wish we could visit some of this place. The seal are so cute. Thanks for sharing!

Christina. Sweden said...

Great shots, one can see how much they like sunbathing. Sure would like to see that "live"

cat said...

They are just so precious! Great shots! I envy you the chance to photograph these lovely animals :)

Ann said...

sunbathing? we had in New Zealand, but we could get near like you to take such lovely photos.

Snap said...

Cute overload for sure! Wonderful shots and thanks for the info. Happy Critter Day!

Photo By Manka said...

Lovely pictures, here at the west coast of Sweden there is boat trips to see seals so called seal safari.

Have a great day.

/Magnus

Melanie said...

Doesn't get much cuter than that!! amazing photo's, thanks for sharing!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Certainly looks like they were enjoying their day at the beach. Don't they have a wonderfully coloured fur. Valerie

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

Great pics... their faces are so adorable!!!

Daniela said...

Awww , so cute :)

A Garden of Threads said...

So relaxed, it looks boneless. Not a care in the world, great capture:)

Michael said...

I know our Harry does a good basking seal impression but these guys really take their snoozing to a higher level. They are the cool cute snoozers.

Jan said...

What a lucky discovery. Great shots

Greyscale Territory said...

Beautiful creatures! What a great demonstration of ultimate relaxation!

Dee said...

Oh, they are just so adorable!

Self Sagacity said...

Very nice shots of the seal. First time I see the spotty ones.

Joyful said...

Those are wonderful photos of the seals. How fortunate that the weather cooperated with you all :-) Enjoy the visit with your brother.

Mama Ko said...

Are these real? wow I love the picture. Never seen any of this in person. Wonderful!

gengen said...

This looks cool and interesting shot...Happy SOOC Sunday.

Anna said...

Such cuteness!

LadyFi said...

Wow - what wonderful shots! They look as if they are sunbathing.

Judy said...

Oh how cute! I've never seen anything like that.

Kristin said...

You're right. They are really so cute. Simply adorably. :-)

Hope you have a nice weekend.

Grace and Bradley said...

They sure look comfortable, and the baby looks so cute and content.