Sea lions in the Galapagos are often called the unofficial hosts of the islands, seen during wet and dry landings on beaches across the archipelago. The friendly creatures are also found on the beaches of Santa Cruz, Isabela, and San Cristobal.
Frequently found during snorkeling and diving trips, the sea lions of the Galapagos are unabashedly friendly- swerving and spinning in close quarters while darting hither and from beneath the turquoise waters of the islands.
Inquisitively curious, the limber creatures approach intrepid travelers at arm’s length, making a day at the beach an adventure into the wildlife of the Galapagos, giving new meaning to the term “the great outdoors.”
During the sea lion mating season, bulls jockey for territory along the coasts of islands including Santa Fe, North Seymour, and Bartolome. They vigorously fight off other suitors who vie for the attention of harems of females. Male sea lions will guard their land for up to six months, making sure that their companions and their young are safe from harm.
When kayaking off the shores of Santa Cruz, Isabela, and San Cristobal sea lions are often unexpected companions, swimming alongside boats and found on rocky outcrops on shore.
While friendly and vivacious, it’s also good to know that the wild animals need their space; make sure that you keep a safe distance on land and at sea to avoid pushing them into a defensive posture that might lead to harm’s way.
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