Jill Bliss

Animal Habitat Artwork : Anima – Harbor Seal Kelp Beds

18″ x 24″ ink, pencil & paint on paper. 2017.

Oh, harbor seals (aka sea dogs, sea puppies, rock sausages). I never get tired of seeing them and interacting with them on the water and shorelines! They really are dog-like, following me around in my kayak or as I explore tide pools, albeit at a distance. They are beautiful to watch gliding through the water with ease, but goofy and clumsy on land wriggling on their bellies. Their diet is various types of fish, invertebrates and crustaceans. They themselves are a favorite snack item for transient/Biggs mammal-eating orcas. Especially their squeal-worthy cute pups, born in July. Well I squeal over them anyway, like a dorca (orca dork) squeals for orcas! Every. time.