sea mammals

Second Chance

Northern Elephant Seal pup released last year at Point Lobos by the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito.

Northern Elephant Seal pup released last year at Point Lobos by the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito.

Sweet Survivor

I took this image last summer of a Northern Elephant Seal pup while attending a Community Release by The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. Four Northern Elephant Seals and one California Sea Lion were released.

You will notice the red marking on the top of the head. Each seal was marked with a different color to make identification easier. This little guy made his way across the surface of the rocky shore, nervously looking back as if checking to see if it was okay for him to leave, or maybe taking one last look at those who nursed him back to health.

I took this image last summer of a Northern Elephant Seal pup while attending a Community Release by The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. Four Northern Elephant Seals and one California Sea Lion were released.

You will notice the red marking on the top of the head. Each seal was marked with a different color to make identification easier. This little guy made his way across the surface of the rocky shore, nervously looking back as if checking to see if it was okay for him to leave, or maybe taking one last look at those who nursed him back to health.

Mom, you awake?

Mom finally got pup out of surf and rested for a moment. This was a definite awwwwww moment.

Mom finally got pup out of surf and rested for a moment. This was a definite awwwwww moment.

Swimming is hard work, Mom

Mom worked very hard shepherding her little 2-day old pup back to shore in a crashing surf. Pup was tossed, upended and pulled back in the surf for at least 15 minutes. They are finally getting close.

Mom worked very hard shepherding her little 2-day old pup back to shore in a crashing surf. Pup was tossed, upended and pulled back in the surf for at least 15 minutes. They are finally getting close.

Young elephant seal at Yankee Point

This picture was taken just south of Point Lobos at Yankee Point.

This picture was taken just south of Point Lobos at Yankee Point.