As a child, I often visited the zoo with my father to practice my budding photography skills. Though many animals caught my fancy over the years, the exhibit that most captivated me without fail was the sea lions. The Bronx Zoo sea lions, in particular, had a tendency to how off for the crowd's amusement, and in those analog days, the average trip to the zoo would end with my pre-teen self wailing because my parents denied me a third or fourth roll of film to document the barking mammals' aquatic antics.
Decades later, I retain a special fondness for sea lions and seals. In May 2019, my father was the one, fittingly, to show me around the Oregon coast near his new home, where both species thrive in the wild.