Thursday, May 26, 2016

Advance scouts

We were in the dinghy, going around Mitlenatch Island to see the sea lions, but a couple of them were impatient and came to see us first.

Steller's sea lions. No, he isn't hoping to eat us; it just looks as if his mouth were open. It's the shadow under his chin, and just a hint of teeth showing.

These are the largest of the sea lions. The males can weigh over 2000 pounds, although the average for a mature male is about 1200 lb. Females are about half that.

Our little harbour seal is a "true" seal; it has no external ears. The sea lions are "eared seals",  or otarids.

They've looked us over, and they're going on their way. We're boring.

Zooming in to see the cute little ears.

(7th in a series of 9 Mitlenatch Island posts. #1#2#3#4#5#6#7, #8)


  1. I love this post, the sea lion pictures are great. I also enjoyed the scenery of the mountains in the background. cheers.

  2. Such beautiful photos of such beautiful creatures. Wonderful.


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