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Galapagos Sea Lion

Zalophus galapagoensis


We spent a lot of time admiring the sea lions when on the islands!


Found on Isla Santa Cruz. I especially like photo 2 which shows a feeding pup, which we did not see often. The Galapagos Islands were made Ecuador's first national park in 1959 and the water around them is part of a marine reserve. Right on the equator, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, these islands are surrounded by the Humboldt Current which comes north up the coast of SA and swings out across the islands, giving it cold, nutrient-filled waters.


Some interesting facts about the Galapagos Islands:

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León Marino de Galápagos - Galapagos Sea Lion
Zalophus galapagoensis

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Thanks so much for your input and corrections! I just saw them now. It is really going to be challenging to get the locations of these spottings correct after so many years, but I will appreciate your help!

Great shots, Kathleen! I do believe, though, that these are Galapagos Sea Lions. Fur Seals are more stocky. Check out photos on or elsewhere on the web. Also, it is unlikely you saw Fur Seals on Santa Cruz...

Gabe39 7 years ago


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Parroquia Santa Rosa, Galápagos, Ecuador

Spotted on Nov 6, 2000
Submitted on Jul 14, 2015

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