La Jolla Rookery

Seals and Surf

Seals and Surf

At the shore of the tony Southland town of La Jolla is a seal rookery.  It is inhabited by barking seals, seabirds and a few squirrels.  The place stinks to high heaven with the pungent aroma of rotten fish.  This makes the rookery controversial with local residents.  At night I could smell it while walking past the outdoor dining area of a few restuarants.

44 responses

  1. Oh those slippery and cute little buggers!

    August 29, 2013 at 9:33 am

  2. Lovely

    August 29, 2013 at 9:38 am

  3. What a FUN DAY!!! They are SO much fun to watch when there not napping!

    August 29, 2013 at 9:40 am

    • I enjoyed hearing them bark.

      August 29, 2013 at 10:37 am

      • OH I bet! I like watching them play. But I’m sure there was not of that going on!

        August 29, 2013 at 11:01 am

  4. So cute and great pics, as always!!

    August 29, 2013 at 9:53 am

  5. Stunning imagery and colours.

    August 29, 2013 at 10:18 am

  6. Yes! Seals stink! You can find them gathered in Monterey and Carmel along the 17 mile drive in Pebble beach. Doesn’t stop the curious and fascinated among us. Aux de gross. lol.

    August 29, 2013 at 10:19 am

    • Stink is an apt description. To them it is perfume.

      August 29, 2013 at 10:40 am

  7. Great pictures. Love the one with the seal and bird just hanging there watching the ocean, so it seems… ;)

    August 29, 2013 at 10:20 am

  8. Very nice shot!

    August 29, 2013 at 10:50 am

  9. Fabulous photos as always, but no way would my wife and I eat around the stench. The first seal indeed looks like Nessie. :)

    August 29, 2013 at 11:43 am

    • Thank you John. We ate a few blocks back from the hill overlooking the stink and indoors.

      August 29, 2013 at 11:46 am

  10. Oh! What beautiful creatures! I must go there!!! :)

    August 29, 2013 at 11:46 am

  11. Wonderful gallery.

    August 29, 2013 at 12:26 pm

  12. Nicely captured nature collage.

    August 29, 2013 at 1:28 pm

  13. wow looks like an incredible day out! I’m so envious!

    August 29, 2013 at 1:33 pm

  14. Great pics yet again and I love the rich colours.

    August 29, 2013 at 1:40 pm

  15. The color depth, the composition, the subjects… all superb. I like these very much.

    August 29, 2013 at 4:43 pm

  16. I just love these shots! The colour and detail is great!

    August 30, 2013 at 5:04 am

  17. Awesome!

    August 30, 2013 at 6:55 am

  18. Seals and Surf – What a lovely shot!

    August 30, 2013 at 7:28 am

  19. It may have stunk, but it’s all beautiful to look at. Thank you.

    August 30, 2013 at 7:45 am

    • It was a lot of fun too, listening to the seals bark and carry on.

      August 30, 2013 at 7:47 am

  20. Ooh la la! Smashing photography,

    August 30, 2013 at 2:44 pm

  21. Great images – the squirrel wins it for me! :D

    September 5, 2013 at 3:03 am

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