Curious Sea Lion Leaps Over Kayakers
This is the incredible moment a curious sea lion leaps for joy inches away from its new kayaker friend’s face, after following him for most of the day.
The adorable pup stalked and splashed the group of kayakers for several miles, off the shore of Stewart Island, New Zealand, during an annual row around the coast.
Less than a mile from land, Barry Hosking and Ed Parker found themselves surrounded by the hyperactive pinniped, who couldn’t stop leaping joyfully around their yellow vessels in a splashing spectacular.
Lurking behind Ed’s kayak and spinning around in circles, suddenly the nosy mammal rides a wave towards Barry, launching itself high over the front of his one-man boat in a remarkable fashion, while even managing to smile for the camera.
Stunned by the encounter, Barry said: “This is undoubtedly an experience I’ll recall for the rest of my life.
This is one of the many positive interactions recorded out of captivity take place with humans and Sea Lions. While these interactions appear to show that the Sea Lion is very kind and intelligent, that unfortunately isn’t always the case. Male Sea Lions are known to be very territorial, attacking humans that get too close during mating season. We have to remember that as we continue to invade the natural habitat of the Sea Lions we introduce them to things that they haven’t dealt with before. They have their natural instincts that will direct their own behaviors.
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