Room at the Rock


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Seals sunning on rocks in the bay are a common sight at Point Lobos as are noisy sea lions that hang around rocky outcrops in the Pacific Ocean. Both mammals are pinnipeds, meaning they are fin-footed. The sea lion has visible ear flaps and large flippers while the seal has an ear hole and small flippers up front.

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There is this one small outcrop that is typically occupied by three (not two or one) seals, as shown above. A larger nearby outcrop “around the bend” will usually have a half-dozen seals but last week there was only one and it didn’t like being photographed.

 

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