Last week my husband I stayed with some friends in their beautiful home overlooking Bodega Bay. Aside from enjoying their gracious hospitality and the spectacular scenic views from their living room, I got the added bonus of accompanying them while we checked on the health of a beached elephant seal. Our friends are active volunteers with the Marine Mammal Center and they often receive rescue calls to tend to sick or injured marine mammals. It was an amazing experience. Since these animals are federally protected you cannot get too close, but I could see this gorgeous creature from a distance and was grateful to be a part of a mission devoted to saving all marine mammals. If you would like to learn more about the Marine Mammal Center please visit: Marinemammalcenter.org.
For those of you who were wondering, the seal was fine. He was just molting.