Part of the Bay Area News Group

It’s a good time to go watch harbor seals along the coast

By Gary Bogue
Friday, July 29th, 2011 at 6:12 am in Harbor seals.

Harbor seals sunning along the Northern California coastline. Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
1harborseal dave harper oakley

A short vacation along the West Coast near Jenner and Fort Ross, CA, gave me a slightly different variety of animals to photograph. The harbor seals were in the area raising their young and though it was cooler the sun was out most of the time surprisingly. These were a few photos collected from our walks along the sea.

The seals seemed pretty content out on the rocks. The small seal (below) had a tough time getting the right wave to join the parents. It finally made it up between two larger seals.
Dave Harper, Oakley, California

Harbor seals, weighing up to 300 pounds or more, always remind me of overstuffed sausages. They are VERY common along the California coastline and occasionally even come into San Francisco Bay. They’ve also been spotted up the Sacramento River in the Pittsburg-Antioch area, usually following the salmon or bass.

Did you know they can stay underwater and go without breathing for over 20 minutes? /Gary

Young harbor seal trying to catch a wave and get up on the rocks with its parents. Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
1harborseal2 dave harper oakley

[You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.]

One Response to “It’s a good time to go watch harbor seals along the coast”

  1. Dave Harper Says:

    Thanks for the knowledge Gary, I did not know these interesting facts. I did notice how relaxed they seem almost upset when the water splashes them while they are sunning. They must be decent fishermen when out at sea based on their belly size.

Leave a Reply