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Photo Friday : Ocean

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Photo Friday : Ocean
Views from the Seal Beach pier at 6pm on Sat. July 17th, 2004. Even though the Fire / Sun / Summer Season has started, Catalina Island, Saddleback Mountain and the San Gabriels were to be seen in the distance through the haze, humidity, oil platforms, palm trees, container ships (over 10 awaiting berth at the LA harbor), and homes. A beautiful but too hot day.
When I was 9 and 10, I used to “borrow” quarters from my mom after she left for work and I would ride the bus to Seal Beach to go to the pier , sunbathe (yes, once I did before I discovered white skin, black clothes and red lipstick), and visit with the seals (actually, I used non-bus quarters to buy bait fish to throw to the seals). Twenty five years later, the beach and pier are still a delight, but in 2004 no parent would let their 10 year old ride the bus to the beach and there are no harbor seals left, just stingrays. Lots of rays, as they breed at Seal Beach now. What happened to the seals?