Injured seal on nude beach

Recently, while at an undisclosed location in northern California, I saw a seal which seemed to be in some kind of distress haul up onto shore and start crawling inland. When I went over to investigate, I saw that the seal had a gaping fresh wound behind its left flipper.

Soon it reached an area where people were sunbathing, and began to attract attention.

But instead of being scared off as seals often are, it stopped to rest directly in front of the sunbathers, as if wanting to join us. I told the other people there that it appeared to be severely injured. A discussion ensued about what to do.

Eventually someone called the park rangers, while the seal turned to give me a pleading look, as if trying to communicate that it had come up onto the beach to seek help from the humans.

But what could I do? I don’t know how to give medical attention to an injured seal. While we waited for the park ranger, the seal eventually seemed to give up hope of rescue by these strange land creatures, and sadly crawled back into the ocean. We never saw it again.

25 Responses to “Injured seal on nude beach”

  1. 1yma o hyd on Jul 23, 2008 at 1:14 am:

    Oh thats so sad!

    You got the pleading, trusting look in the eyes of that seal absolutely spot on.
    It reminded me of the look in the eyes of my dear dog when he was ill to death, and which told me that I had to let him go.

    Did you know that seals are called (literal translation) ‘sea dogs’ in German?
    From your photos, you can see why.

  2. 2ProtestShooter on Jul 23, 2008 at 8:13 am:

    The poor thing!

  3. 3islamic brother on Jul 23, 2008 at 8:51 am:

    so sad

  4. 4Dianna on Jul 23, 2008 at 9:06 am:

    When in doubt, call the Marine Mammal Center. 415-289-7325.

  5. 5experiencedtraveller on Jul 23, 2008 at 9:31 am:

    Throw it on the grill!

  6. 6Ringo the Gringo on Jul 23, 2008 at 11:13 am:

    Poor little feller.

  7. 7Mars Needs Neocons on Jul 23, 2008 at 11:59 am:

    Man what a bummer.

    OTOH I wouldn’t mind seeing a few more pics of that beach.

  8. 8Fenboy on Jul 23, 2008 at 12:45 pm:

    From the looks of it, It’d been attacked by a shark or something. Seals can survive very nasty-looking injuries surprisingly well on account of their thick layer of blubber, so I wouldn’t be too worried about it’s chances of survival.

  9. 9Ringo the Gringo on Jul 23, 2008 at 12:52 pm:

    So zombie, how’s your tan line looking?

  10. 10SaintApathy on Jul 23, 2008 at 4:27 pm:

    Would that be San Francisco’s Baker Beach,the far east side where nudity is the norm?

  11. 11Drexl Spivey on Jul 24, 2008 at 12:38 am:

    You commenters are some of the most pathetic bunch of queers I have ever had the misfortune to meet. Stone cold homos.

    On that picture there, since you been on this blog post, is a woman with her titties hangin’ out, and you ain’t even bothered to look. You just been starin’ at the seal. Now I know a seal is pretty. But it ain’t as pretty as a couple of titties.

  12. 12Javems on Jul 24, 2008 at 1:53 pm:

    Heck Drexl, you was probably staring at the fellow with his pee-pee hanging out yourself.

  13. 13Thaddeus Kosciusko on Jul 24, 2008 at 5:22 pm:

    I must agree with Mr. Drexl, as that woman was quite attractive, as well as blessed. Shame on all of you! Man, woman, gay or straight, you should all pay homage to God for giving the world such beautiful JUGGS!



    ps- JUGGS!!!

  14. 14james on Jul 25, 2008 at 6:52 pm:

    Forget breasts and seals, I’m most interested in another window into the personality of our mysterious zombie.

  15. 15Fenris on Jul 25, 2008 at 10:15 pm:

    Yeowch! Ah well, that’s nature for ya.

    Perhaps the seal was thinking the same thing as Drexl? I know I would.

  16. 16Jenna on Jul 30, 2008 at 6:14 am:

    Poor little guy! : (

  17. 17E.I. on Jul 31, 2008 at 6:50 pm:

    My heart goes out to the seal. Now I am sad.

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