Selkies In the Surf

I have always loved the ocean and the beach , from earliest memory.

I often jest that my blood must be a grand percentage of sea water as it is a place that I feel a sense of "Home".  I am more at ease, more relaxed, and more at peace when my feet are in the surf.

A few years ago I had the magical experience of swimming with a harbor seal off the coast of British Columbia.  I was at Wreck Beach, and decided to go for a swim.  I was swimming and enjoying the water, when out of nowhere a harbor seal sided up to me and swam alongside.  The seal was no more than two arm lengths away from me and we looked directly into each others eyes.  It was the most amazing experience of my life!!!

The following nights it was mystical, as there was a seal that followed me and my fiancee down the coast.  I do not know if it was the same seal but I believe it was by how s/he looked at me.

The day I had my encounter with the seal, I joked with my fiancee that my family was decended from the Selkie...the seal people of Ireland.  After seeing me swim with the seal he hollared out to me that if I transformed into a seal we were through.   Later that night he said it explained my love for seafood.

Seals and Harbor Seals are my favorite ocean animal, so maybe my encounter was a gift from God, or a gift from the ocean I love, more than words can say?  Who can say?  All that I know is the encounter is still so strong in my mind that it feels as though it just happened recently.

Wreck will always be a special place for me thanks to a harbor seal.


Seanachai Seanachai
36-40, F
2 Responses Feb 14, 2009

This is a neat story. You had the opportinity to witness wild nature and interact with it in a way that very few people have . Consider yourself lucky.

Beautiful experience!