Very National Geographic
San Francisco Bay
Aug. 6, 2004
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We were heading for Raccoon Straits, hoping to catch
a gust or two of wind in our sails, when we spotted
some splashing up ahead. A power boat cruising in circles
around the splashing flipped on its P.A. system: "Sailboat,
you have a sea lion and a shark ahead of you!"
It sounded so authoritative, as if the Coast Guard was
telling me. Sea lion and a shark, I thought. Did
we cover that in Basic Keelboat?
We hadn't. So we winged it, sailing in circles around this
sea lion wreaking vengeance on this little shark, on behalf of
every sea lion who was ever lost a fight with a shark.
Like a cat playing with
a trapped mouse, the sea lion thrashed the shark, until
the flesh was flaying off its skull. Then we let the wind take
us away, around Angel Island and out along the
lee shore of Alcatraz.
shot these pics, by the way, of Tim, Mike, me and
the sea lion.