I know this is hard to believe but my daughter thinks I’m wrong! The only proper way to settle this is to let the people decide. So here’s a reasonable facsimile of how our conversation went. Read it and then tell us who you think is right.
But first a little background. On our last trip to California to visit her, I made sure we went to see the elephant seals. It was mating season and the beach was loaded up with these fascinating creatures. I spent hours enjoying and photographing them. What an opportunity! Later I shared a few photos with my daughter. Here’s the conversation …
Me: Hey Jace, check your email and tell me what you think of these elephant seals.
Jacey (my daughter): Ok, let me check. I still don’t think that there’s any way that you took pictures that I liked. You’re good, but you’re not that good.
Me: Oh come on, they are awesome creatures! I even have a few in here that you’ll like. The mother/daughter ones are special.
Jacey: I doubt it but I’ll check it out.
Jacey: Well that’s ok. But they still aren’t my favorite animals. One of the problems is that if people warn you about the smell before you get there, you know it’s going to be bad!
Me: Why focus on smell, when there are magnificent animals in front of you? Some of the males were up to 5,000 pounds (2,300 kgs). Nobody calls them skinny!
Jacey: I agree. They are really flabby and fatty. When they moved it was like watching them use all their might just to scooch their sorry butts on to the sand.
Me: I was stunned to see how fast those big guys could move. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to out run them in a short beach sprint.
Jacey: That’s the scary part! They’re fat and fast – a fatal combination. They are just lazy, lying around on the beach, then all of a sudden they’re grunting and chasing females at full speed.
Me: But look at all those great scars on the big boys. You can’t be too lazy if you’re getting into fights like that!
Jacey: I guess not, but still …
Me: So what’s the real reason that you don’t like them?
Jacey: They are disgusting looking animals! They are the exact opposite of cute.
Me: Oh yes how could I forget you only like wildlife photos that are cute? Well then how about these cuties? Surely you must like them.
Jacey: Well one of the thousands of pictures that you took was bound to be cute. I can deal with that one.
Well there you have it folks. I’m totally enamoured with elephant seals but my daughter – not so much. Who do you agree with?