California Sea Lions

by Stephanie Suesan Smith, Ph.D. on June 30, 2010

These California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus) live in a colony off the coast of Cabo san Lucus, Baja California, Mexico.  They live right where the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of Mexico) hits the Pacific Ocean.  I took this photograph from a small dinghy that was way too small to be in the ocean.

California Sea Lions, Cabo san Lucus, Baja California, Mexico

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Stephanie from Rug Cleaning Culver City May 5, 2011 at 2:38 pm

WOW! This photo looks like you were so close! Did any of them swim close to you? I saw several photos from Mexico-how long were you there for?

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Stephanie Suesan Smith May 5, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I went to Cabo san Lucus for four days. Two sea lions started toward us, but the guide backed away — they have learned tourists sometimes have handouts and can get hacked if none are forthcoming. One ton animals versus a rowboat are a bad deal. Even just playing, they could have swamped us.

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Stephanie from Rug Cleaning Culver City May 5, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Oh my gosh! Guess they’re not cute critters after all! My favorite sea lion will be the one from 50 First Dates.. Well you captured great photos from this trip. Thanks for sharing them with me/us.

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Stephanie Suesan Smith May 6, 2011 at 8:36 am

They are cute, just wild and focused on their survival, not ours. People forget that wild animals behave in logical ways that are focused on staying alive, not looking cuddly for us.

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