Wildlife and Pets - Capturing the Spirit
You can't chose the time and place and you definitely can't ethically bribe them with treats, but, pet photography and wildlife photography share a common challenges and traits. There is always the common need to properly represent and capture the spirit of the animal being photographed.
Harbor seals are often called the dogs of the sea. They have a laid back curiosity around our human activities. Working close to the water one can get the feeling of being watched and find that a seal is quietly hanging out and observing the action. Once spotted they drift slowly under the water only to reemerge in another location a few minutes later.