A sea lion seen from the Seal Beach pier.
Laura and her parents live in Seal Beach. Laura and Helen had never seen a seal or sea lion at Seal Beach, other than the bronze statue at the entrance to the pier. Stan says that it was common to see seals on Seal Beach back in the 1950s. At this time, it was usual to find a view resting on the beach. He has not seen a seal at Seal Beach in recent decades.
(It would be interesting to ask the resident surfers. I assume they see them much more frequently.)