Feb 13, 2012
I did a bay tour this morning and it included snorkeling with the seals. This is not like ‘swimming with the dolphins’ in Cuba where you stand on a ledge and the trained dolphins come up to you and do tricks. This is swimming in the ocean with real seals who are not trained, who are not afraid, who are not in captivity. They are just curious and want to play!
We were told that it is ok if a seal comes close to us or even touches us, but we should not try to touch them as they bite if they feel threatened.
I really can’t begin to explain how amazing it is to be so close to these large, friendly, curious animals. I saw many different types of beautiful fish including parrot fish. Unfortunately I couldn’t hold my underwater camera steady enough to get any good photos of them. However, one of the tour guides took a liking to me, took my camera and started taking pictures of me with the seals. I’m so happy that he did!
I knew once or twice how close the seals were to me, but until I saw the photos I really had no idea. Most of the time they are swimming right beside you, two feet away and you don’t even know they are there. Well, unless they pop up for air beside you and bark. That’ll scare ya!