Oregon Coast, USA: Oct 21, 2011
A harbor seal sleeps on an exposed portion of Simpson Reef. The tide is so low today that we even see starfish clinging to the wet rocks. At low tide there is plenty of room for all the seals and sea lions to haul out for a rest, but at high tide, space is at a premium. The harbor seals are forced to take to the water and often some of the sea lions do too.
Some of the rocks that ride above the high tide line are heavily frosted with guano by the end of summer. At variety of birds use the rocks: gulls, cormorants, brown pelicans, and sometimes we even see a peregrine falcon or a bald eagle. Fall rains will wash away the guano.