This picture is not from Washington State but the mainland shore of California. What is not captured in the image is the smell. Lots of urine!
This unexpected encounter adjacent to Highway 1 does cause some contemplation of our interactions with sea mammals. These must have represented a huge protein source at one time. Other predators must have been influenced as well. These seal were hunted later to near extinction and their presence on mainland beaches is relatively new behavior.
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