The Wonderful World of Seals

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Seal Bay on Kangaroo Island

Laying out a map of Kangaroo Island is like starring at a map of Disneyland. There are all these little “worlds” to explore and you want to try to fit it all in before your legs give out and the park closes up. Seal Bay was on the top of my list- much like Space Mountain always is- and we planned our entire visit around what would be the best time to visit. Unlike Disney, there are no “front of the line passes” and we knew we wanted to experience Seal Beach with as few other people as possible so it was just us and the seals. We arrived right as it opened and were lucky to have them pretty much to ourselves.

Some of the seals came right up to us, very nosey and curious, with what liked look huge smiles on their faces. They were starring at us- just as we were at them- completely intrigued. They slid down the sand dunes with such grace and glided through the waves- much better surfers than I’ll ever be. Their energy was electric and made me wish I was could jump in the water with them.

Some of the most magical moments happened when we were on the boardwalk observing from above. I felt like I was apart of a National Geographic movie when I watched a mother calling out to her baby from ashore. The baby was calmly playing in the shallow waves, almost defiantly protesting coming in; just as I did when I was a little kid.

And then there was this guy- He reminded me of my dog, Bolt, who always curls himself up in blankets to stay warm.  Even though he was only steps off the walkway, he stayed in his comfortable spot but kept a very watchful eye on us.

If you make your way to Seal Bay make sure to arrive early and definitely take the guided tour on the beach. It is a little more expensive than just the boardwalk, but it’s completely worth every penny. To put it in Disney terms- it’s like riding Splash Mountain or just being splashed by Splash Mountain!

This photo series is submitted to Budget Travelers Sandbox‘s Travel Photo Thursday. Check out all the other Travel Photos too!

 

If  you like this post, you should probably check out: Animals We Met on our RTW, or other Kangaroo Island articles.

Jade Broadus is a spunky girl hailing from Jacksonville, Florida. She’s addicted to traveling and has a strange obsession with maps and globes. A lover of dogs, fashion, fish tacos, marine biology, and college football, she has a broad range of interests. Jade has a strong passion for the film “Love, Actually” and has watched it 176 times. Her interests include singing really loud, impromptu dances, shopping, and dressing up in cute dresses and extravagant hats. She has written for Gadling, AOL Travel, Discover Los Angeles, LACOT, LandLopers and Spunky Girl Monologues.

20 Comments

  • Reply April 14, 2011

    RyukyuMIke

    Love this ! Any wildlife, I love but, love seeing them in nature even more.

    • Reply April 14, 2011

      Jade

      I’m a sucker for wildlife too. This was a dream seeing them so naturally.

  • Reply April 14, 2011

    Muza-chan

    Interesting story and beautiful photos :)

  • Reply April 14, 2011

    Ayngelina

    I love seals as well, so adorably chubby.

    • Reply April 14, 2011

      Jade

      They are so chubby- so cute!

  • Reply April 14, 2011

    Dan Collins

    I love seals!! I got kissed by one once… I got to play in a pool with one and it gave me a gigantic fishy kiss.

    • Reply April 14, 2011

      Jade

      You were kissed by one?! The seal had a little crush on you!

  • Reply April 14, 2011

    Laurel

    I love seals and love your story about how the mother was calling the baby seal, but he was having too much fun playing – too cute!

    • Reply April 14, 2011

      Jade

      Thanks, Laurel! I have a very active imagination… so I just figured that was what the baby was doing! haha!

  • Reply April 14, 2011

    Leigh

    Life as a seal actually looks pretty good. Lucky you making it to Kangaroo Island – looks like a great spot to visit.

    • Reply April 14, 2011

      Jade

      Kangaroo Island is magical. Highly rec a visit!

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  • Reply April 14, 2011

    Katherina

    I love them! They’re so adorable!

  • Reply April 14, 2011

    Rebecca

    I loved finding the hidden seals under the boardwalk and in the planets. Crazy how far from the water they can get!

    • Reply April 14, 2011

      Jade

      Right?! They were so close to the boardwalk and so far away from the ocean!

  • Reply April 14, 2011

    Michael Figueiredo

    I love seals! They’re so cute! Here in California there are a lot of them in the north, especially on the central coast and in San Francisco. They always bring a smile to your face :)

  • Reply April 14, 2011

    Cathy Sweeney

    How cute are those guys??! You got some great photos, Jade. What a fun and beautiful place to visit.

  • Reply April 15, 2011

    Nancie

    This looks awesome. I would love to see this “guys” up close in their natural habitat.

    Thanks for joining Travel Photo Thursday!

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