Harbor Seals lying on the Beach at the Chlidren’s Pool in La Jolla. Note how each of the seals is lying by itself
Today’s Daily Post Word Prompt was Undulating. I happened to be by the Children’s Pool in La Jolla today where I saw several harbor seals undulating across the sand as they moved between wave and land.
Undulate is to move in a smooth, wavelike motion.
It is almost an onomatopoeia word that sounds like the motion it describes. With their short stubby flippers, seals continue that wave-like motion, even after they haul their torpedo shaped bodies past the surf line.
Harbor Seals are true seals, with no visible ear flaps. The haul out site in La Jolla is one of the rare sites near an urban area. They are site faithful and remain near the same haul-out, resting, and birthing area also known as a rookery. For more facts about harbor seals, click here.
Unlike their more gregarious relatives, the thigmotactic California sea lions, harbor seals may congregate on the beach, but each likes to have his/her own space. They are mostly quiet and do not like to be touched or jostled. They are not able to sit up like sea lions do and spend most their time looking like little seal sausages, undulating or rolling around on the sand.
The only harbor seal I ever saw vocalizing and posturing for food was one in the seal/sea lion pool at Sea World. I think he learned that behavior from the sea lions and wanted his share of the fish being thrown at the louder, rowdier pinniped panhandlers.