Well there I was, photographing Sanderlings along the shore at Bank Street Beach.
When I spotted something ahead on the jetty that was definitely larger than a bird.
Although this gull who suddenly flew in, seemed determined to prove me wrong! 😉
I’d only ever seen seals down at the fish pier in Chatham, but I knew it was a Harbor Seal.
Yet because I had never seen one here at Bank Street, I wasn’t sure if he was simply enjoying the setting sunshine…
Or if there was something wrong with him.
So, I called Wild Care of Cape Cod, then IFAW, two of my favorite wildlife organizations here on the Cape.
IFAW asked me to take a few pics, if I could, and email them in when I got home to my computer.
I tried to get different angles, different views, as he turned, this way and then that…
Several times, he appeared to be trying to snooze a bit.
Yet the whole time, he was very much aware of me.
Somehow, by his eyes and demeanor, I could tell he knew I was not a threat.
That I meant him no harm, which could not have been more true.
Little could he have known, I was a FAN!
And when he “waved” at me, well…
I was over the MOON!
The following day I was relieved to hear from IFAW that this appeared to be an individual that was doing well.
In fact, he’d been spotted again, in Hyannis, looking healthy.
Once I knew that, I could relax, and enjoy the sheer Beauty of this amazing sea mammal who happened to cross my path.
One glorious winter’s day. ❤