Freckles Jr. is learning the ways of the harbor seal, thanks to the leader of our pinniped pod, Freckles Sr.
He guides his son onto the rocks, navigating choppy waves and smooth. Lift your tail, tuck your fins! he seems to say, Let me show you how it’s done.
They stick close to one another, perfecting their synchronized swimming routines…
…and simultaneous snoozing.
Bull and pup, together in nature’s classroom.
Watching from afar? Pure joy! But I have to confess: I got a bit misty-eyed when I saw through my camera lens this moment of unguarded intimacy.
The circle of life, spindle-shaped and freckled, was playing out before my very eyes.