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| p.1 #5 · Galapagos- #10 Sea lion beach master |
Thanks Saba, conrad and Birdie.
Some of the island beaches have white sand like this because of local offshore coral reefs.
On one beach, I walked around a dozen female sea lions lolling around- without a male in sight. Suddenly the harem master burst out of the bushes, running quite fast (sea lions use their hind flippers for walking- whereas true seals can't). It scared the poop out of me momentarily- until I realized he was heading straight to the water. Another male had been approaching, and this guy wasn't having any of it, so he chased the interloper (in the water) for a few hundred feet before turning back. I sighed with relief, waded into the water to wash away any evidence of my "accident," and then returned to my sightseeing. Okay, I made up the poop part- but not the other. This guy was fast.