'Bonding' ~ Young Sea Lions by steppeland

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Artis Amsterdam – Zoo collection


Young Californian Sea Lion ( wikipedia ) sunbathing on the back of a peer. Could you imagine a softer cushion ? :)

“The California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) is a coastal sea lion of western North America. Their numbers are abundant (188,000 U.S. stock, 1995 estimate), and the population continues to expand about 5% annually. They are quite intelligent, can adapt to man-made environments, and even adult males can be easily trained. Because of this, California sea lions are commonly found in public displays in zoos and marine parks, used for entertainment in circuses, and trained by the US Navy for certain military operations. This is the classic circus “seal”, though it is not a true seal." Quote: wikipedia


Californian Sea Lions are on the IUCN red list of endangered species, status: least concern.

Technical details

Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
Tamron AF70-300mm Tele-macro1:2 lens
Exposure 1/180 sec, f. 5.6
focal length 300mm , ISO 200
Date: May 2011

Features and Top10 placements
Featured in Baby Wildlife of the world (June 26, 2011)
Featured in ‘If I could talk to the Animals’ in High Quality Images (Sept. 9, 2011)
Top 10 in Amazing sea and marine life – http://www.redbubble.com/groups/amazing-wildlife/challenges/43138-amazing-sea-and-marine-wildlife (Jan. 25, 2012)
Thank you so much to the hosts of these marvellous groups and challenges

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Steppeland (pseudonym) is a Flemish photographer, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Her main area’s of interest are Nature Photography, Street photography and Photojournalism. Recently she also explores different digital art techniques, mainly based on her own photographs.
More of her work can be seen at DeviantArt and 500px

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  • steppeland
    steppelandover 3 years ago

  • Michaela1991
    Michaela1991over 3 years ago

  • Thank you, Michaela!

    – steppeland

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thanks a lot, Ray!

    – steppeland

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 3 years ago

    How sweet and wonderful! You feel as though you could reach right out and touch his head and neck! Lovely work! A Fave! This would be great in Images of Endearment.

  • Aww, thanks a lot, Angie for the great comment, and for the hint. I’ll definitely check that group out! And of course thanks for the fav too! :D

    – steppeland

  • Pam Hogg
    Pam Hoggover 3 years ago

  • Marvellous! Thanks a lot for the great honour of being featured in this group, Pam, it means a lot!

    – steppeland

  • Aimelle
    Aimelleover 3 years ago

    ohh so sweet and a beautiful light… love this wonderful capture S. !

  • Thank you, my friend. Yes, I love this one too… Glad you picked it out! Thanks a lot for your visit and kind comments! <3

    – steppeland

  • Rosehaven
    Rosehavenover 3 years ago

    Click the banner to congratulate your Fellow Artists

  • Aww, thanks you ones again, for the feature of this work in your marvellous gallery… I’m so thrilled and honoured to have even two of my images featured among such a great selection of marvellous wildlife-images… Thank you! It means a lot!

    – steppeland

  • Sue Ratcliffe
    Sue Ratcliffeabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations! Featured Jan 21 2012. Great image!

  • Darlene Lankford Honeycutt
    Darlene Lankfo...about 3 years ago

    Top Ten Winner!

  • Great! Thanks for the good news, Dee!

    – steppeland

  • Darlene Lankford Honeycutt
    Darlene Lankfo...almost 3 years ago

    (PLEASE READ:=> I’m giving awards out to six works for each member at a time so be sure to SUBMIT ALL SIX as soon as possible!)_

    Please add this award winning image to the DeeZ 5Cs Award Showcase Group HERE
    Thanks, DeeZ!

  • WOW, that’s awesome – Thank you so much, Dee, it’s a great honour!

    – steppeland

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