Leading a super busy holiday life without a functioning keyboard/constant internet access makes posting frequently a bit hard. But, I will persevere and this Sunday will be a double post to make up for missing last weeks (and the previous weeks, but at least I posted something those days).
First topic for Scrutiny Sunday this week is… drumroll please, I know you’ve all been missing these…
The seal wasn’t exactly this colour, but it had this expression
Yes, those mammilian aquatic beings that honk/yell AWR AWR AWR given any chance. Slippery suckers. The place I stayed last was right near the shore of a particular bay. We checked in, sorted out our things and went up to the room. Only to hear a strange noise occasionally, that made us stop everything and listen the first few times.
“That sounds like… can it be a seal?”
“Well, we are near the ocean but… maybe it’s something else?”
“…What else makes that kind of noise?”
“Your singing voice!”
Yep, I retain my wit even in unfamiliar territory.
The following day we went down to the beach/wharf/pier at sunset to snap a few shots and have a look around. The noises are louder now and appear to be coming from somewhere close, but I still can’t see that damn seal. I scanned the water eagerly to no avail. Giving up and accepting the fact that maybe seals can now become invisible, we continued walking around looking for a restaurant to eat at. We stopped at a bench to take another photo, and then I heard it. Coming from extremely close by. I look over to the left and hey presto, there’s a seal. In an aquarium tank. But wait, there’s two in there! Yes, our wild invisible seals turned out to be residents of a mini aquarium/shop, and were having fun sliding around, being all sealy, and yes, loudly AWR AWR AWRing at every chance.
A quick guide to when seals (or sea lions, I ignorantly use the terms interchangeably) ‘bark’ (go AWR AWR AWR)
- When they look at youz
- When you look at them
- When they look at each other
- Before they slide down their ramp
- After they slide down their ramp
- Before they dive into the pool
- After they emerge from the pool
- Randomly without cause
Now you know. But they were cute and amusing to watch. Noisy things. At least they aren’t invisible?
Click here for section 2. Do it!