Recently this gentle, giant baby elephant seal made her home on La Jolla Cove beach along with a friend. They are not typically in the area like the sea lions and harbor seals are, but somehow they chose the Cove for their annual molt between April and August. We locals are delighted to see them snuggling daily right alongside the sea lions. The tourists are too.
Sea lions or an elephant seal? Here we see both:
This elephant seal almost blends in with the rocks!
And speaking of tourists, I'm not immune to wanting a photo with these stars of the beach myself... though you'll be able to distinguish tourists from snap-happy locals by how alarmingly close the tourists will get. Although this is a pretty good distance, the truth is that as long as you don't touch them, they are fairly tolerant of people and if not, you'll know it when they bark at you.
Sea lions to the left, elephant seal to the right
Eyes wide open, checking me out before returning to her snooze...
The most active ones on the beach are consistently the sea lions. Somehow their antics never get old to me.
Watch my video to see a young juvenile sea lion who has a healthy dose of spring fever!
The only beauty "plus" to regular snorkeling with these cuties is beach hair, but the mental "plus" is much more rewarding: a great mood for the rest of the day.
Thanks for watching, and I hope to see you out there! xo