Back at the CGJ this morning since the sun was shining and the ocean was calm like silk. This seal lion sums it all up as he stretches his neck out to greet the sun. Our Pacific Ocean is around 52 degrees year round. So our marine wildlife love to bask in the sun when they get a chance. We have mostly male sea lions here in the Monterey area. The female and pups are around the Channell Islands and the bigger males will leave in late spring to go down for the birthing and mating and then head back in late Juneish time frame. They come back with wounds a lot of the time from the fighting they do over the mating. It is believed that the males leave the females and pups to not compete for food. A female sea lion will keep it's pup for about a year before totally weaning it as she gets ready for another pup to be born. Compare that to the 28 days that an elephant seal or harbor seal spent nursing there pups before they wean them...
This guy was too far out to get a close up but i just loved watching him grooming in the light.
This female was just swimming along the pier, so i had to work hard to get in front of her to shoot back behind me because the sun was in front of me. Liberty and I had to break into a little jog, lol. Love her whiskers. Again, i know she is a female because of the pink nose.
I love reflections. I am shooting this one between the bars of the fence and decided i liked the black and white version best. Lots and lots of herons out after the pelagic crabs that keep popping up in the area.