Swimming with the Seals
24 May 2011 | Isolotes
When we woke up on Monday morning there was a pretty strong southwest wind so we decided to head to San Evaristo and its southern lobe. There aren't too many anchorages in the Sea that provide southern protection. It turned out to be a wise choice; one of our friends anchored in the northern lobe of the bay and had a rolly night.
Tuesday morning the wind was still blowing from the south (of course, because that's the direction we wanted to go!) so we went to the northern end of Isla San Francisco. After several hours the wind died down and we went around to the western anchorage and met up with friends on Ponderosa, Wind Rose and Kailani.
Bob wanted to swim with the seals so on Wednesday morning we headed over to Isolotes which is a rock north of the island of Espirtu Santos. I had an earache so I didn't go in. When Bob immediately returned to the boat after he dove in to get his wetsuit, I knew I had made the right decision. If Bob needs a wetsuit, the water is cold! We were fortunate there was no wind so we could set the anchor and watch all the sea life. Typically boats just need to cruise around slowly and cannot anchor. The seals came over to Bob and let him touch them and swim with them.