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