Today was typical: observed three seals between Vallejo and Martinez. It finally "hit" me that they prefer green over red buoys. Generally see one seal swimming to two seals resting, but never on a red buoy. I've noticed that animals at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum where I do volunteer work that the birds I tend to are agitated around bright red clothing. Have you all seen similar behaviors?
Since the completion of our marina's new replacement docks the seals have been enjoying them, too. They do not come out where there are boats but currently the slips on the long G-dock across from us are unoccupied as the last details are being completed. So every night five to ten harbor seals haul out for the night. They don't make a mess or anything, they just sleep there. It's rather nice having them around.
Popeye is a one eyed "wild" seal who patrols the marina docks in Friday Hbr, Wa, San Juan Island. She routinely entertains the guests, playing, rolling, slapping the water with her fins and throwing water onto the dock at those who ignore her. Self taught as far as anyone knows.
But there is nothing she likes better than frozen herringsicles during the summer months. At first they tried to discourage people from feeding her. But they finally gave up figuring she was probably having difficulty foraging for fish with only one eye. Probably the reason she was attracted to humans in the first place. She is very careful when taking treats to either take them in her lips or open her mouth so you can drop them in. She has a set of teeth like a pit bull. Her statue and plaque in her honor are in the park above the marina.