Playful sea lions are curious about swimmer's camera in the Galapagos Islands
Sea lions are delightful animals that frequent the coast on most of the Galapagos Islands. Playful and curious, they are as lovable as our furry canine friends. In fact, they have long been referred to as "Sea dogs". They are graceful and agile in the water and they have no reason to fear humans. Residents and tourists maintain a strict "hands off" policy and they keep a respectful distance. The animals here have learned to coexist with people and the people have learned the same.
But, in the water, if sea lions want to play, there is no avoiding it, and it is completely their choice to disregard the 2m distance rule if they wish. Thes young sea lions captured the heart of this videographer as she recorded them looking into her camera and swimming all around her. They never once touched her and she did not touch them, but they frolicked within inches of her. If she rolled or dove, they would do the same, clearly enjoying the games with this clumsy new friend.
Sea lions are beautiful animals and to spend time in the water with them is to fall in love with them.