First, I went to the zoo visiting Large Seals Inc. I osmosed.
Then Cape Flattery and Hearst's beach haulout following a huge storm last fall.
A harbor seal and I are on speaking terms on Haro Strait. The harbor takes time out to come by, alert to approaching Orca, waves from Bailer's Rocks.
For several weeks, a Stellar from Tatoosh was off Lime Kiln. He stayed 120' plus from me, breathing deep. I breathed with him. He breathed with me. Get it ?
Went above Tatoosh on the road above the parking area for sea lion observation. After several hours, I tried telepathic contact with the head male, using binoculars.
Head male turned toward me ! looked around for me, began bellowing. The assembled females awoke. Apparently, the head male had broken a rule - why bellow ?
The females mobbed him, a melee ! Two females were grabbed by the ruff, heaved over the side - outgoing tide - 6-8' down.
At the over the side,a wave of discontent arose, the male was overwhelmed.
He flattened himself on the rock covering head with flippers. Very flexible, spine up, blubbber down flounderlike.
At Hearst's, primed by Tatoosh, I circled the lot twice, getting something of a welcome from the homonids. then took time developing local rapport before walking to the boardwalk's head.
The storm was a rough one. Seals were basking. The usual seal beach photos.
I was mentally looking for a seal to speak with.
Ahead, midst a circle of larger sleeping seals rose a huge flipper held aloft then waving at me !
On a beach OF 2-300 snored off seals.