The inter-tidal habitat, just in front of the world-renowned marine station “Friday Harbor Laboratories” of the University of Washington in San Juan Islands, is home for a variety of invertebrate species, including sand-dwelling infaunal species of polychaetes as well as starfish on small rocks. Nevertheless, the same habitat is visited by such charismatic marine mammal species such as the baby Harbor seal that comes ashore during low tide to feed and to relax. This photo, taken in August 2004 while GIBS President Bob George was Whitely Professor at FHL, shows a close encounter with the seal that looks perplexed but unharmed!

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