Do you know what often drives me crazy? Well there’s quite a few things actually but today I’m talking about the little things. Apparently I’m not alone.
Elephant seals come to selected beaches to have their young and mate. By my limited observation, the rest of the beach time seems to involve a lot of sleeping and hanging out in the sun. That’s all fine and well except … for the annoying gulls.
It’s clear no one invited these gulls to the party and no one wants them around. I saw seals jawing at them and chasing them away but there’s a problem. Despite a ridiculous size advantage and a nasty attitude, there was nothing they could do about them.
“Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff … and it’s all Small Stuff.” Richard Carlson
The gulls were way too fast for seals to catch and just smart enough to stay out of range. So they would let the seals rage on while they would smugly sit and watch with bemusement. When the episode ended, the gulls were still right in the seals’ face. What a pain!
I had to side with the elephant seals in this case. Maybe it was because every time I tried to isolate an elephant seal in a sea of bodies, another gull would pop into the picture.