15 September 2011

Sea lion, Isabela Is., Galápagos

The sea lions here seem unconcerned by humans, using the wharfs and often the moored boats as hauling-out spots — places they can lounge and sleep. At the fish-cleaning station in Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) I've even seen them stretching up and nudging the hip of the person skinning a fish, in much the same way Jimmy (the cat from next door) will reach up and rub against me as I'm standing at the kitchen bench back in the Pohangina Valley.

Fortunately, the resident humans seem just as unconcerned by the sea lions.

[Update: new post up on Pohanginapete]

[10 September 2011, Panasonic Lumix GH1, 100–300 mm at 300 mm, ISO 400, 1/320 at f7.1]  

All content © 2011 Pete McGregor


Zhoen said...


Barbara Butler McCoy said...

Too gorgeous for words! Love the name of the island. Love, love, love the BLUE ... and the sea lion, as Zhoen said, lustrous.

Relatively Retiring said...

Such a lovely study of texture, but I'm not sure I would want to be nudged by a hungry sea lion.

pohanginapete said...

Zhoen, a very apt description.

Barbara, thanks. The blue certainly lifts this photograph (it's one of the fishing boats where this and several others had hauled out).

RR, I assume they've learned that an encouraging nip doesn't deliver the intended outcome ;^)