Today I paddled out on a 3 hour kayak tour. It was a bit windy out but the overcast clouds created the most beautiful colors-- all of the islands to the west were clothed in wonderful shades of blue.
We saw harbor seals, courting bald eagles and lots of shorebirds.

As we were paddling down the west side of Henry Island we spied a Steller sea lion surfacing a few times just a few hundred feet away! This big guy was hard to identify at first because he surfaced upside down-- coming to breath with just his chin (and then chest) showing. Later that afternoon when I spoke with an experienced captain he suggested that seals or sea lions surface like that when they are hunting and do not want to take their eyes off their prey. Wonder what this Steller was looking at down there?