Beach with sea lions - Española island - Galapagos
Nikon D80 – 38 mm (=57 mm full frame) – F8 – 1/250 – ISO 100
At the Punta Suarez site on the Española island, the trail passes by a small beach occupied by Galapagos sea lions. Dozens of sea lions are scattered like boulders along the white sand beach. They are usually sleeping or lazing in the sun, indifferent and irresponsive to the clicks of the cameras and yelping of joy from the visitors. Just beware of the aggressive male sea lion pacing the shallow shores—this male sea lion is very protective of his harem.
Española is the oldest and furthest south island of the Galapagos Islands and is most famous for its waved albatross community, but you also find here hundreds of gregarious marine Iguanas and Galapagos sea lions (Zalophus wollebacki).