Not all that impressive from here, I know, but there are only about 1,200 of them left and apparently sightings are fairly rare (even though we see them a couple times a year on our beach!)
See? She's a little cuter now that we're closer. That's about how I feel after a day in the water! (Also, we're not really closer, I'm just zooming in. Don't yell at me for getting too close to the monk seal!) Doesn't she look relaxed? I think we all need to learn to do this more often. Ooooooooooommmmm.
Aww, monk seals remind me of our old Basset hound-she used to do this thing where she'd look up at you and her ears would fall back, and she'd look like a seal. Or maybe I would just hide her ears with my hands. I can't remember now, but I know she used to look like a seal! Also, the fin-to-body ratio on a seal is similar to the leg-to-body ratio on Basset hounds. Basset hounds are also good at intense relaxation.
So cute! Sorry about the pictures getting smaller, but I don't know how to fix that. I've said it before and I'll say it again: There's a reason I'm not a professional photographer (or a professional web designer, for that matter).
I hope you have enjoyed your Monday Moment of Zen, brought to you today by your local neighborhood monk seal.