Photographer's Note

All along this stetch of beach were various animals. Often many different animals within sight of many others. Though it may be difficult to see in the shot, with the city of Morro Bay and the famous Morro Rock in the distance, there are quite a number of animals visible.

The Harbor Seal spends much of it’s time basking on beaches and rocky shores, sometimes alone, but usually with other individuals, and occasionally in groups of thousands. Whether alone or in a group, it stays alert to danger; at the first sign of trouble, it gives an alarm bark and dives into the water. They haul out at low tide, sleeping high and dry until the next rising tide unless disturbed.

This species feeds when the tide comes in, sometimes ascending rivers with it, and in the spring may follow fish runs up a river for hundreds of miles, returning to coastal waters in the fall. An Harbor Seal may live for 30 or more years. Polar Bears, Northern Sea Lions, killer whales, and sharks are the main predators aside from humans; golden eagles sometimes prey on pups.

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Additional Photos by Ned Messerschmidt (nmess) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 558 W: 78 N: 414] (2301)
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