On 7.11.15 we added an anise swallowtail butterfly:
Some are not so lovely but just as interesting. We had seen harbor seals at Russian Gulch:
and just recently we saw California sea lions at Caspar Headlands. They are even bigger than harbor seals, dark brown, and often swim with one big black flipper sticking out of the water. We heard them barking in the water and couldn’t entirely figure out what they were. When we went back to fish again on 7/9 we saw what we think are the same pair hauled out on the rocks. OK, they do look better through binoculars.
On 7.11.15 we also added to the difficult to sea, interesting animals with a young elephant seal that is molting on the beach at McKerricher state park. The rangers warn visitors to stay back, and the smell is an inducement to keeping your distance. This young seal is pretty miserable, but presumably will be back in the water and good to go soon.
Can you tell which of these is the elephant seal? Both seem to be molting.