The Real Residents of the Galápagos: Falling in Love with Sea lions

Conni Biesalski January 3, 2014 2

They cuddle, they kiss, they run funny, they swim beautifully — and they’re everywhere. ­Not just on beaches and uninhabited islands, they live in the towns, on benches, next to parked cars, or wherever they feel like they want to hang out.

Sea lions are not just adorable, they are highly entertaining and fascinating animals.

To me it felt like they were the real residents on the Galápagos Islands—and, while their population tends to fluctuate, there are approximately 20–50,000 of them.

And no one can disturb them as the majority of the Galápagos population is protected, the islands are a part of the Ecuadorian National Park surrounded by a marine resources reserve. Although the Galápagos is a popular destination, strict rules protect all wildlife from disturbance. Regardless, if you do get too close to the male sea lions, they’ll charge you to protect their harem, which can be as big as 25 females!

Sea lions are so much fun to watch because they are very social and have such a playful nature to them. The sound you will hear from them the most is similar to the barking from a dog. As such, they have even been described as the informal welcoming committee for visitors to the Galápagos.

You can swim and snorkel with them or just stand there watching them for hours—how they cuddle and play with each other, how they roll around in the sand, how they communicate with each other, how they look like models showing off their beautiful bodies.

I took home the most wonderful memories of these amazing animals and when I now think of the Galapágos, I think of sea lions!

Have a look at my selection of photos from all across the Galápagos and fall in love with these incredible creatures!








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  1. ROBYNE GREEN February 1, 2014 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    I have always wanted to go to the Galapagos Islands, however, don’t know where exactly. Primarily to see the almost extinct animals.
    Don’t know costs or anything.
    Can you please help with any info.
    Kind Regards,

  2. Ciara March 28, 2014 at 8:29 am - Reply

    This brings back great memories Conni. I visited a couple of years ago and loved seeing the sea lions happily posing for pics or even queuing at the outdoor fish market!

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