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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Saxe Point Promenade

Harbor Seals loll on the rocks off Saxe Point and lazily watch the passing kayak traffic. Harbor Seals (Phoca vitulina), also known as Common Seals, live around here all year. I often see them off Saxe Point as in the photo above, swimming at nearby Fleming Beach, occasionally in the Gorge or closer to the downtown at Fisherman's Wharf, where they take advantage of summer's influx of tourists who line up to buy fish to feed them. It is a treat to see how gently they pick small pieces of fish from children's hands. Below is a short video of my granddaughter Rosie feeding a Harbor Seal at Fisherman's Wharf.


JoJo said...

Did you hear that the sea lions left the piers in San Francisco? Maybe they ended up in Victoria.

Canarybird said...

That is a precious video Benjamin! And yes it is amazing how they take the food so carefully from your granddaughter's hand without lunging or frightening her.