Trip Start Sep 23, 2004
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The next day, the rain returned. At low tide we wrapped ourselves up in waterproofs and returned to Curio Bay. The bay is home to a petrified forest. All along the shore were the fallen trunks and round stumps of trees which had been part of a flourishing forest 180 million years ago. The state of preservation was amazing- the bark and grain and growth rings were still visible; it was almost a shock to touch them and feel cold stone instead wood. Some of the logs were many metres long. It was amazing; I was walking amongst relics from the age of the dinosaurs.
By the middle of the afternoon, the rain had cleared and the sun was breaking through. We walked down the beach and round to Curio Bay to look for more wildlife, but were unlucky. From the headlands, Mum and Dad decided to stay up on the cliffs to walk back to the bach, but I decided to have another stroll along the beach. Looking down from the headlands, I saw a fur seal lounging about on the rocks as her little pup clambered around, exploring. I stopped for a while to watch his antics, and then carried on down to the beach. Halfway along, I found another fur seal sprawling on the sand. He lazed about, occasionally waving his flipper, until a family came to close and got between him and the sea. He charged! It was surprising how fast an enraged seal can travel- though not as fast as the humans ran away! Now I was left with the task of getting round the creature with all my limbs intact. I stayed as close to the bank as I could, and scuttled past, somehow managing to retain all my fingers and toes. He had relaxed again when Dad and I went for another walk later, and was lying about in a very soporific state, until he perked up and bounded into the ocean to go fishing.