Tuesday, November 11, 2008


As I was driving home yesterday, I noticed a crowd gathered by the side of the road.  They all appeared to be looking at something on the beach. Huh, must be a monk seal, I thought.  Sure enough!

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.  


Heather J. said...

As a kids, seals (not sea lions!) were my favorite animals. I'm so jealous you got to see one of these rare creatures!

Dreamybee said...

Aren't they the cutest? I love coming home to surprises like this!

Kori said...

My 9 year old would be thrilled to see this; he is enthralled with all things oceanic and actually has me print out photos of things liek this for him. the colors of the water there are so beautful, too.

Dreamybee said...

Hi Kori,

Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to print this out for your son if you want-I'd be honored! I do love the ocean out here-the colors vary from deep, deep blue to light green-always a good show.