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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Harbor Seal

Now that the kids are back in school and the weather is cooling down, the tourist core of Victoria is much quieter and I have begun to explore and re-explore areas a little further from the Victoria city center such as Macaulay Point and Fleming Beach in Esquimalt, where I chanced to meet this Harbor Seal enjoying a placid swim near the dock. I like this picture because the seal is looking up at me. As he approached he was focused on the bottom then he bent his head up and gazed at me. A few seconds later he surfaced and had a better look at me. If I'd had a fish (or maybe a ball) we could have had a little more conversation. But since nothing was forthcoming he rolled over and continued his leisurely survey of the bottom. The water is about a meter and a half (five feet) deep here and he was about a half meter below the surface when I took this picture.

5 comments:

Snapper said...

Beautiful photo of a beautiful animal. We have seals up here on Gabriola too but I've yet to get this close to one.

USelaine said...

That's so nice. To be ready with your camera at a moment like that is priceless. Such a fleeting moment can happen anywhere, but to capture that connection... ahhh.

Michaela said...

Well isn't that the cutest thing ever! I plan to go whale watching on the Island at some point. Victoria gets all the beautiful animals!

Boise Diva said...

What a cutie!

Barbara Rahal said...

ohhhhhhh such a precious moment! Thanks for sharing!!