Oceans and Animals.
Kelp, waves, sun, and salt.
Sunburn, cracked lips, and squint-lines etched into the face. A good day.
Pulling off of a wave too steep and deep to catch, I look straight down and make eye contact with a man-sized seal. I see it duck and disappear into the wave as it curls, exiting the back with a shadow darting right beneath me. It’s now behind me, head out of the water and staring. “What are you and why are you here?”. More staring. Mostly indifference with a hint of curiosity and distrust.
There was talk of a 20′ white shark in one of the exact spots we were surfing. It was apparently patrolling the coast solo for about 6 months.
Spinner dolphins by the hundreds racing the channel, calves leaping and breaking the surface beside mothers, pulling into the wake of our boat.
I take great comfort in a mostly unseen world of creatures, a whole universe operating in pure ignorance -as best as they can- of human bullshit.