A group of harbor seals is hanging out near the mouth of the river awaiting winter storms. When enough rain falls the river will open for steelhead runs.
Last Wednesday a motorized work crew posted signs to warn visitors away from the seals. Thursday the Sonoma County Water Agency breached the sand bar, but large ocean swells soon closed it again.
Their passing vehicle scared about a dozen into the estuary. A canoe would have caused less noise, expense, and disturbance.
Upstream, this seal rested on a log. Its doleful expression matched the mood of many Americans post election day.