I mentioned some time ago that I wanted to witness a seal climbing out of the water onto the ice. I wondered if they bob/hop/fly out or if they crawl out. Seals don’t have the useful front flippers that sea lions do; they can’t “walk” on their flippers.
You know what’s coming next…mystery solved!
I saw this seal climb onto that bit of ice! There was no bobbing out like a cork that’s been held underwater and no flying out like penguins. Rather, it oonched and scooched and flopped its way up and out of the water. It looked like a lot of work for a sausage with flippers.
The lagoon appeared to be covered with a layer of packed slush on this day, but that bit of ice was trapped within the slush. It held precisely one seal and seemed to be in demand. I watched it change hands twice.
As I watched, little heads popped up through the slush here and there, and then disappeared. Up and down, up and down, all over the lagoon.
A sea otter pops up here.
Oh! Another one over there.
And here are a couple more seals.
It reminded me of the carnival game, Whack-a-Mole, but I found this to be more fun.