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Seals and Sea Lions in Monterey Bay

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Two harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) basking in the afternoon sun in Monterey Bay along with some cormorants

While we were enjoying some great seafood a California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) swam close to the dock around some pacific sea nettles (Chrysaora fuscescens). Though common, this was my first time seeing a sea lion in the wild. Unlike seals, sea lions can walk on all fours and seem much more coordinating when clambering up rocks.


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