Gulls 1 Elephant Seals 0

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.

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Go ahead and roar all you want. I’m not moving!

Latest Comments

  1. hannele says:

    That first picture is fantastic – it took me a second to see that there were large mammals in that picture too, not only a gull and a lot of sand… That illusion works especially well in the preview picture. Love it.


    • Lyle Krahn says:

      Glad you enjoyed it. When I first saw that scene I was surprised at the amazing contrast between the creatures and was happy to capture it that way. It was hard to imagine a greater difference.


  2. Deb W. Trotter says:

    I understand your peeve, but I must say I’d rather look at sea gulls than elephant seals – they’re much prettier!


    • Lyle Krahn says:

      That’s fascinating. I got quite enamoured with the elephant seals during my California visit. I don’t think I’d go so far as to call those big old seals pretty but you know maybe handsome:)


  3. Steve Gingold says:

    I am pretty sure those elephant seals would rather not see gulls.


  4. Lavinia Ross says:

    The gulls have the advantage of wings, all the better to photobomb the seals with! 🙂 The seals blend in well with the beach. The gull in the first one helped me find them.


  5. Mike Powell says:

    I think, Lyle, that there is a life lesson in there for all of us–we all have petty annoyances that destroy the perfect moments of our lives. Like your seal, we can rage against those annoyances, and we all do, but eventually we probably should accept the reality that the annoyances help to shape our lives and add humor and color. I love that last image!


    • Lyle Krahn says:

      That is an excellent life lesson, well described. I might even add to that from the gull’s perspective – we can even have seemingly large (and loud) problems and we should probably accept the reality that the annoyances help to shape our lives and add humour and color. Now to somehow put all that into practice …

      I’m glad you enjoyed that last image. It has really grown on me.

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  6. Mandy says:

    I like the contrast in the top photo. It wouldn’t have been the same without the gull!

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  7. Jeff Bell says:

    They must be like a mosquito in the dark for the seals – it is annoying but there isn’t much you can do. Sorry that last one messed up your photo.


    • Lyle Krahn says:

      Mosquitoes in the dark is a great comparison. Now if only I could get in one good slap … It’s funny but I have actually grown to quite the like that photo. The juxtaposition of the two creatures is quite amusing. And I do have other elephant seal photos without the gulls. Thankfully.


  8. Andrea Lawrence says:

    Awesome post and thoughts, as usual Lyle!


  9. Ed says:

    Just looking at the scars on those seals, its a hard life!


  10. kirizar says:

    You have been photobombed by birds. You could be a new-age version of the Hitchcock thriller by the same name. (This is an age test, I’m checking to see if you remember when Polaroids were all the rave and cassette tapes ruled the Walkman airwaves.)


  11. Patrizia M. says:

    Fantastico, veramente belle le foto e anche il resoconto di quello che è capitato.
    Saluti, Patrizia


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