Some methods used by ancient seal hunters are still useful to avoid spooking wildlife. One example: Position yourself upwind and remain motionless, letting the wind propel your kayak past the objective. Michael Powers, pictured, says he misjudged the wind slightly and passed closer than intended, but this harbor seal at Cabrillo Point on Monterey Bay didn’t appear disturbed by his silent passage.

Photo by Patrick Powers(courtesy of Michael Powers).

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