Out & About—Santa Cruz sea lions

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If I’m ever not able to get around on my own, just sit me in a chair on the Santa Cruz Wharf and let me watch and listen to sea lions all day. I think these creatures are just amazing and magical. Watch in full-screen mode and turn the volume up.

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14 thoughts on “Out & About—Santa Cruz sea lions

    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      No. They are two completely different animals. Sea lions have ear flaps (see my static picture above) whereas seals just have ear holes. Sea lions have huge flippers and tend to “walk” on them when on land. Seals have little flippers and wriggle along on their bellies. Sea lions are the noisy barkers; seals are much quieter.

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        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          I didn’t know any of that either until I started hanging out at SeaWorld where some shows use seals and some use sea lions. They always explain the difference, and the seals and sea lions don’t mind helping by showing you their ear flaps or ear holes, their flippers and how they use them, and how they walk on land. Just like all creatures, I believe, they have their own personalities.

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          1. acflory

            I have seen some at the zoo but now I’m not sure which ones they were.
            I totally agree about personalities. Spent five minutes today, spying on my family of magpies. One of the fledglings discovered the old pancakes I’d put out for them but instead of gobbling them up, it called for its parent to come and ‘test’ the new food. The parent is a big magpie I call ‘Fat Bird’. And I’m sure it gave me the thumbs up for my cooking. Cheeky beggar. 🙂

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            1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

              I had an over-ripe banana that I put out in Wildlife Corner this morning. It wasn’t rotten, just too ripe for my tastes. That was at 7:54. Said banana is gone, and I don’t know whether it was taken all by one critter or by several critters. I shall have to do this again now that I know something out there likes bananas.

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                1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

                  It’s a section of my garden that I’m leaving a little on the wild side for the birds, lizards, gophers, ground squirrels, and rabbits. I’m probably going to go with a complete video security system rather than just a motion detecting camera.

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  1. Orion T

    I love the seals and sea lions of the California Coast. There is a small beach (Moss Beach) between there and Santa Cruz where I accidentally found a huge colony of seals just swimming and crawling on the shore…really surreal. I have some great pictures, but never wrote about it. I think I will dig them up sometime and share 🙂

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