Galapagos Day 1: Sea lions!

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We got nose-to-nose with this curious baby sea lion (Zalophus califorinianus wollebacki) at a beach on San Cristobal, and saw adults swimming far off the coast. Their favorite food is sardines, so El Nino events, which bring warmer waters and a decline in marine life to the Galapagos, decrease their populations. The Galapagos sea lion population numbers 50,000 animals, and the only other place they are found in the world is Isla Gorgana, off the Ecuadoran coast. Nearby we saw a few adult females, including a mother nursing her pup.

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