Water Pusher

Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

Something was moving a lot of water on the shallow eastern shore of the park. Circular bow waves pushed this way and that, without the pusher coming to the surface. Then quiet. Two minutes later, the mover of that water appeared: a big, fat-looking Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina). I couldn’t see its prey, if it had caught anything. Some easy-looking scaup lay on the water not far, but the seal showed no interest. As in some past encounters, the big aquatic mammal seemed interested in watching the relatively puny terrestrial beings who were watching it. An adult male harbor seal can easily reach 350 lbs. After satisfying its curiosity, the seal submerged in that quiet way it has, and submarined off somewhere out of sight.

Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

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