Saturday, February 5, 2011


Recently I had the opportunity to visit San Diego.  One of our excursions was to take a two hour boat tour around its harbour.  We saw some very interesting things and the tour was a great way to learn about this city. Several things on the tour captured my attention and imagination.  I saw both the art of being lazy and enjoying oneself and also doing demanding and physically training.  These two extremes were being done by Seals.  Both are mammals but operate a bit differently.  These pictures tell the story.

These first two pictures display the art of being lazy. These Seals appear to have no cares in the world.  Seals are fin-footed semi-aquatic marine mammals.  These mammals include the walrus, seal lions, fur seals and earless seals.  There are colonies around San Diego and I am sure there are many stories about these animals from the locals.

These two pictures show SEALs who are doing demanding and physically work.  The water around San Diego offers a playground of training.  I was told that these SEALs are out training every day.  In these particular pictures, the chopper was bringing up SEALs from the water.  It was fascinating to watch.
The United States Navy Sea, Air and Land (SEAL) Teams, also known as Navy SEALs, are the U.S. Navy’s principal special operations force and are also part of the Navy Special Warfare Command as well as the maritime component of the United States Special Operations Command.  The first SEAL teams were commissioned in 1962.  Their reputation as reliable individuals, individual and collectively disciplined and highly skilled, are considered by many to be the toughest individuals in the world.  Training begins at the Naval Special Warfare Center in San Diego.  To become a SEAL, individuals must complete a demanding six month basic training course, three weeks of parachute training and fifteen weeks of advanced training prior to successfully earning the right to be called a navy SEAL.  And I thought training for a marathon and half marathons was tough at times!  You can read more about the Navy SEALs at their official website (Navy Seal Link)

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