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Funny and Fabulous Galapagos Sea Lions

The Sea Lion is the newest member on my list of favorite funny animals.  I gained a new appreciation for them while visiting the Galapagos.

galapagos-sea-lion-sunning-floreana-islandIn the water, Sea Lions look impressive the way they twist and turn with such ease, swimming so fast and looking so playful.  What an amazing underwater animal, but up on land it’s a different story.

On land a sea lion looks like a big bumbling bag of blubber.  They just lay around soaking up the sun, batting away flies with their awkward flippers.  They don’t even look like they have enough energy to keep up the (not so strenuous) job of fly batting.  They sleepily open up their big beautiful eyes, and make a kind of annoyed snorting sound as they flick their flippers at the flies, their blubber rippling with each movement.

I found it comical to watch how very land-lazy they are.  I was watching a group of four sunbathing on the concrete supports of a dock on Floreana Island.  One of them looked so lazy, that I thought he was going to fall off the concrete wall into the water.  With each swat from his flipper, he leaned closer and closer to the edge.  He managed to inch back away from the edge just before he tipped in; it was fun to watch his lazy attitude.


When I saw the Sea Lions move from one lazing location to another, I was reminded of the 80’s break-dancing move called “The Worm.”  It was really funny to watch them doing the worm from one spot to another, that’s a lot of energy to put out for such a blubbery guy!  I used to do the worm, but never on beach rocks!

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We were able to get up really nice and close to the Sea Lions.  When were visiting Santa Cruz Island we stayed at the Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge, and they were lounging around on the deck right next to the dining area.  We also took a walk into town, where there is a local fish market, and in the evening a Sea Lion joins a mob of pelicans looking for fish scraps.

We didn’t get to swim with the Sea Lions, hopefully the next time.  Observing them on land was fun, and being so close to them was a real treat.


About the author: Dena Haines Hi, I’m Dena Haines! I’m an traveler, photographer and Canadian entrepreneur. I’m a partner at Storyteller Media, a content marketing company for Canadian travel brands. I am co-founder of Click Like This a photo tutorial blog.

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  • Pam May 28, 2012, 2:04 AM

    I have had amazing times when swimming with the Galapagos sea-lions, and perhaps the most precious memory was with a fairly young pup who curiously would swim up to this strange creature sharing his patch of water, peer into my face and swim off.  I quickly realised that if I blew bubbles of air in the water, he/she would immediately come back to me each time, swim around me and go off again.  We repeated this fun for about 20 minutes, when I had to give up as I was out of breath!

  • Laura August 22, 2013, 6:18 PM

    I just recently returned from an 8 day trip to the Galapagos. We would go out daily with our guide who said, ” There are no seals in the Galapagos!” He repeated this quite often when one of us would refer to the sea lions as seals. I must admit that I
    am a bit confused. However, I did love those sea lions the best. ( I hope I am correct in calling them sea lions)

  • Karen September 22, 2015, 10:27 PM

    I am not a marine biologist by any means, but I believe you are correct about there technically being no “true” seals in the Galapagos. Sea Lions have visible ear flaps. Seals do not. Seals just have tiny, barely discernible ear holes on the sides of very smooth heads. When I toured the Galapagos in 2005 one of our tour guides repeated several times with emphasis: “There are no seals in the Galapagos. There are no seals in the Galapagos. There are Sea Lions and Fur Sea Lions.” There are your “ear-less true seals”, and your “eared sea lions”, and I believe sea lions a subspecies of seal. But they are not “true” seals. There are a lot of other differences, like sea lions can walk on land, while seals are just belly crawlers on land, etc. Bottom line, if you see a seal with ears….. technically it’s a sea lion.


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