'Bonding' ~ Young Sea Lions


Amsterdam, Netherlands

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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)
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