Living in Seal Beach nearly 35 years, I've seen my share of animals come out of the ocean. During the summer months surf fishing becomes a popular activity on the east side (commonly referred to as the south side) of the Seal Beach pier. This week delivered a bat ray (not to be confused with a sting ray) which is an uncommon sight for this particular stretch of beach.
Most of the "rays" that are caught in Seal Beach are sting rays and are notoriously present on the other side of the pier. The reasons are many, but most agree that the warm water coming from the mouth of the nearby San Gabriel river creates an ideal enviroment for them to breed.
The photos of this gentle and harmless creature are courtesy of Seal Beach resident Chris Heidel.