Yesterday my little adopted niece from China turned three years old. It is amazing to realize she has been in our family for over two years now. What a sweet and adorable girl, who captures the hearts of all she meets. I am looking forward to seeing her again in the spring. Wish we lived closer to each other. It is a good reason to travel East.
If you have not seen these mammals, it is is impossible to relate to how large they are. Nature shows on television have shown them, however, up close and personal, they are huge!!! During late December the females start arriving on the beach and give birth. By early January, it is total bedlam. The noise from the pups wanting to nurse, the females declaring their space and the males battling to mate is tremendous. Then you add in the gulls and their racket over any pickings available and it is difficult to hear your own thoughts. I can stand and watch them for hours. I did so once, many years ago, and came away with quite a sunburn.
This morning, as I was picking up trash on the beach, I became aware of many gulls gathering around me. Kind of felt similar to the movie “The birds.” I then realized they thought I had something for them to eat in the bag I was carrying. I relayed the situation to them and they wandered off. A rather eerie feeling at first. I was very grateful they understood my speak.
My treasure from the beach this morning is a tiny conical shell. Lots of people have just as many names for this little Chinese hat shaped shell. Anyway, it is very cute.