Galapagos - sea lion beach

Mon, 2011-07-11 16:34
10. July 2011
The first signs of their presence are a slight smell of fish and the occasional howling sound. Then you see them, first one, a brown sandy roll between the sharp basaltic rock on the beach, close to the waters edge.
Stretched long, lying on their backs, with the warm sun on their bellies, sleeping. Occasional one opens an eye and checks its surroundings, then, satisfied, closes it again. A big male surfaces in the water and quickly comes on the beach, barking loudly to announce his presence. Quickly he hobbles towards a rival group and shies them away before he, satisfied with his territorial claims, rolls on his back and falls asleep.
A black sea lizard comes out of the shrubbery and crosses the sandy beach, passes the sea lions and, with difficulty, climbs on one of the rocks in the water before vanishing into the sea. A young sea lion pushes his mother, demanding his milk feed. An old male inspects his flippers and extensively scratches himself. I could watch them forever.


San Christobal, Galapagos Islands
0° 55' 22.1232" S, 89° 15' 10.548" W