May 20, 2013

Fresh Almon and Elephant Seals.

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Duffy, " We went to the harbour to buy some fresh almon!"

 Duffy, " The harbor is right in the city and not very far from us at all!"


Duffy, " We walked down to where the boats are docked. The wind had been playing with the sign and covered up a letter."

 Duffy , " Fresh SALMON not ALMON!! Heehee. We bought some for dinner."

 Duffy, " After also grabbing a fresh salmon burger for lunch, we were off to the North Shore."

 Issa, " We came to see an elephant seal on the beach here.He is going through a molt!"

 Issa and Duffy, " Elephant seals are a rare sighting this close to land. We usually see harbor seals."

Issa and Duffy, " Harbor seals are cute."

 Issa and Duffy, " Elephant seals . . . not so cute as adults!"

Issa and Duffy,  " Adult male elephant seals fighting."

 Issa and Duffy , " This is a sub-adult male. That means he is not mature and quite young."

Issa and Duffy , " Elephant seals take twenty-five to twenty-eight days to completely lose their old skin and fur. They fast during the entire time."

Elephant Seal, " Ho. Hum. Shedding. Shedding. Shedding. Getting a little hungry!!"

Duffy and Issa, " This young male is a rare sighting not only because he has come further in land than is usual for elephant seals but also because he is not with other seals. He is being closely watched by marine experts though to ensure all is well."

 Duffy and Issa, " It is so rare to see an elephant seal that a group of young school children (amongst others) have come to say hello. There is a temporary fence set up on the beach to ensure no one gets too close or disturbs the molting seal."

Duffy, "What a wonderful day! I am now back in the car and on my way home. I'm lying in a box! I KNOW. . . they treat us as if we were CATS! It was a busy and fun day though.Yawwwn.  I feel a catnap coming on! "

Have a Marvelous Monday!
See you soon.
the critters in the cottage xo


  1. What a wonderful outing! And how yummy to be able to get fresh "almon" at the harbour! Funny about the seal molt. It looks even more laborious than our horsie siblings losing their winter coat!


  2. Wow, what an amazing adventure! We hope the elephant seal is okay. We didn't know that they fast through their molt. We didn't even know how long the molting takes. Nope, it's not pretty. LOL. Bet they feel much better after...when they can eat again!

  3. The information on the elephant was very interesting! I never knew about them. It must have been great to see.

  4. We bet that seal will be starving when he's finished moulting. Duffy you look very cute in that box - are you pretending to be a cat? How we wish we lived near the sea.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  5. You had salmon burger? Not fair!

    We don't think the big elephant seals are very cute, either. That little one looks poorly. We're concerned and glad they are watching him.

  6. How exciting! I hope you enjoyed your almon. I bet the seal was happy to have you stop by to say hello, too! 25 days without eating?!?!? Glad I'm not a seal!

  7. Holy cow what a trip!!

    We'd like some's our favorite!

  8. What a wonderful adventure! I loved that you got fresh almon for dinner and a sandwich for lunch, too! Sounds so good!
    And the seal! I had no idea of all that information! Amazing! Thanks for sharing your day with us.
    Lily, WA, USA

  9. The seal's molting skin looks like a piece of material lying on his back!!! Great outing :-)

  10. It is so cool thats yous can goes down and sees the seal! This is when we misses living on the west coast!
    Nellie (and Mommy)


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