Monday, May 16, 2011
Seal of Approval
Democrat Point, Fire Island.
We all know about and respect the Marine Mammal Protection Act, but when the beastie crawls up on the beach 10 yards from where somebody is teaching a surf launching and landing class and lays claim to one of the boats, what can you do?
Walter actually skipped the session because we didn't want to either scare the seal off or provoke it (it made a noise that sounded decidedly like seal for "Back off!" when somebody got a little too close), but eventually we did need to get the boat back to go home. 2 people walked quietly to the ends of the boat, picked it up and walked away - the seal didn't budge & was still there as we all paddled off towards Oak Beach.