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Scratch my tummy please!

The Galápagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) is a species of sea lion that exclusively breeds on the Galápagos Islands and – in smaller numbers – on Isla de la Plata (Ecuador).

 

Being fairly social, and one of the most numerous species in the Galápagos archipelago, they seem to be on every sandy beach sun-bathing or just gliding through the surf having fun or hunting for a bite.

 

They don't seem to be bothered or afraid of humans at all. We have even had them laying in the middle of a path, and not make a move when a group approaches them. They may raise their heads, eye the group, and then just flop it back down while the humans walk, quite closely, around them

 

When disturbed or have something to say, they have a very loud bark.

 

In Gardner Bay, Espanola Island, in the Galapagos.

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Taken on August 24, 2012