Friday we had the unique opportunity to do something I never dreamed I would get to experience with my little man. We watched rehabilitated sea lions released back into the Pacific.
While the experience was a quick one it was also unforgettable.
We arrived to the beach early, ensuring we didn't miss the show.
After our brief wait it was time for the main event.
The Marine Mammal Care Center staff arrived with three kennels which they brought down to the beach.
Very calmly and quietly the kennels were opened.
Two of the seals quickly made their way to the water.
|Their coloring blends in perfectly with the rocky beach. Look closely and you will see the light blue arrows pointing to the two eager seals.|
|Aw, it looks like they are kissing.|
While these two were happily frolicking in the ocean the third sea lion wasn't quiet as eager.
A little prompting and coaxing, and this little guy was freely diving into the surf, too.
|After swimming several yards out, it almost seemed as if this guy turned back to say, 'thank you' before he disappeared into the cool Pacific waters.|
Thinking back on the experience it still floors me. We were able to witness sending these guys back to their home.
What an amazing encounter.