Bottom of the Pecking Order

A young harbor seal perches on a rock near Cobble Beach at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area in Newport, Oregon on March 14, 2005. Original: CRW_6389.crw

This young seal was at the bottom of the pecking order when it came to places to perch and rest, occupying the first place to get covered by the sea as the tide rolled in. This particular wave though didn’t dislodge the little one and it was able to hold its position until the rock was submerged. When I was growing up we had our own bottom rung: the dreaded middle seat in the station wagon, the one with the big transmission hump in the floor where your legs should have been.

A young harbor seal gets hit by a wave near Cobble Beach at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area in Newport, Oregon on March 14, 2005. Original: CRW_6390.crw

Waves swirl around a young harbor seal as it perches on a rock near Cobble Beach at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area in Newport, Oregon on March 14, 2005. Original: CRW_6391.crw