Saturday, August 18, 2012

Who Needs SeaWorld?

My mother-in-law is in town for a visit, and we took her up to Roaring Camp Railroads today to ride the steam train through the redwoods.

As we were making our way back down to Monterey after a fun outing at Roaring Camp, I decided to pull off at Moss Landing State Beach.

The kids and I had seen the harbor’s resident sea otters before, and I thought that Jarrod and his mom would enjoy seeing them too.

The otters were out again today!

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They weren’t the only ones loving the calm, sunny harbor though.

We also saw a couple groups of seals laying out on the sand.

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Then looking across the harbor, we noticed this -

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The public dock had been overrun by sea lions!

We decided to drive around to the dock to get a closer look.

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How amazing is it to get an up-close look at these wild animals in their own habitat?  Super amazing!  And also amazingly stinky!  But, what do you expect when you have 200+ animals crammed into a small space?

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