Galapagos, Part 2: Sea lions

If truth be told, my favorite critters in the Galapagos were not the blue-footed boobies or the great frigatebirds, as cool as they were.  Nope, it was the totally unexotic sea lions because they were cute and highly entertaining.  And our presence didn’t bother them at all, as you can see below.

Contrary to all appearances, that sea lion is not dead, he’s just resting, which is what sea lions spend most of their time on land doing, as demonstrated by the following photos:

In the water, however, the sea lions are all speed and sleekness.  The young fellow below and two of his friends decided my Darling Daughter and I made good playmates when we were snorkeling one day.  He would come and float right in front of me, staring at my snorkel mask which fascinated him for some reason.

Then he would go zipping away, moving so fast I couldn’t keep him in the camera frame.

When Darling Daughter would dive down under the water, the young sea lions would follow her and swim spirals around her,  probably making fun of her for being so slow in the water.  She thought it was great, of course!

I fell in love with this little fellow on the beach.

How cute is he?!  I wanted to take him home with me.

At a fish market on Santa Cruz, we encountered a sea lion who we decided shares DNA with our Golden Retriever Brodie.

The sea lion has one advantage over our dog: he doesn’t shed all over you when he’s begging.


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