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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

New Zealand Sea Lions‏

March 14th, 2010 · No Comments

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The New Zealand (or Hooker) sea lions are the rarest of the five species of sea lions. I didn’t hope to see any, and the tour guide was also surprised when we found four of them on the beach Friday as we walked to the yellow eyed penguin colony near the tip of the Otago Peninsula.

We were able to get as close as we liked to the sea lions, which didn’t pay any attention to us. While they have no fear of humans, we are rightly cautious around them because if we got too close they would charge. I was careful because I had no desire to face a 900 pound beast.

Most interesting was the mating dance that a much smaller female was carrying on with a huge male.

Dancing with a Sea Lion

Dancing with a Sea Lion

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I Wonder if She Thinks He is Handsome?

I Wonder if She Thinks He is Handsome?

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True Love on the Beach

True Love on the Beach

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Three's a Crowd

Three's a Crowd

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