Private Release of Rehabilitated Seals
Who doesn’t love a happy ending…especially one involving the release of rehabilitated seals back into the ocean. Add that heart-warming event to the fact that it was happening at a private estate overlooking Otter Cove in Pebble Beach, where lunch was to be served, to really seal the deal. I quickly rsvp “Yes”to the Marine Mammal Center. Actually, they had me at “you are cordially invited”.
In my mind Pebble Beach is one of the most beautiful places in all of California, especially when the sun is shining. And shine it did. Come follow me and see how the day unfolded. Well this is the estate at Cypress Point where the private release was held.
Volunteers from The Marine Mammal Center and student ambassadors were on hand to explain the various projects that they are involved in. The overall mission of the center is to advance global ocean conservation through mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research and education.
This is one of the views from the rear side of the house. It’s name Otter Cove has a lot to do with the abundance of otters frolicking in the water. They were out in full force this day!
The setting for the buffet lunch took full advantage of the breathtaking views.
The volunteers had driven five seals down from the Marin County Mammal Center, where they had been cared for until they were ready to be released! They were waiting for the guests to wander down to the beach for viewing.
A seal popped up to see what all the fuss was about!
Word had clearly gotten out. So much for a private release!
This is one of the last legs of their journey!
The pup’s face says it all! He knows he’s going home!
All the cages are lined up and opened at the same time.
Ready, set, go! And off to the races…(Those clunky wood identifications marks on their heads will disappear after these Pacific harbor seals molt or shed their fur following the breeding season)
The last length of the beach…
Back to the Sea!
Wait a second, where is the 5th seal, Ted? In the meantime, he had hardly moved. It was clear to all that Ted wasn’t sure he wanted to leave the volunteers and their steady supply of fish.
His buddies kept popping up their heads to see what was taking him so long.
The volunteers tried coaxing him from behind.
It took him a long time to finally reach the waters edge.
Then Ted thought better and tried to retreat back to the beach. The volunteers held steady.
At long last he joined the other seals and swam out, disappearing into the sparkling blue cove.
“All’s Well that Ends Well.”William Shakespeare