Thursday, January 03, 2008

Simply a Steller life!

August and September, 2007

This young Steller Sea Lion has gotten "caught" chasing after salmon fishing gear. The hook in its mouth should eventually rust and break free, but I saw this same animal with this same gear at the same haul-out on three different trips to Sail Rock in Frederick Sound spanning almost a month. Young sea lions the world over get curious about anything in their environment, often with painful (and sometimes fatal) results.

These young bull Steller sea lions are mock-fighting by playing king-of-the-mountain on top of a rock which is quickly disappearing to the high tide! Mock-fighting teaches valuable skills for future use when it comes time for these males to actually defend a portion of shoreline against other males intent on breeding.

Mock-fighting teaches valuable skills for future use when it comes time for these males to actually defend a portion of shoreline against other males intent on breeding. It is rare that either combatant would be seriously injured, but it is seriously fun to watch these guys push and shove each other around!

With a seeming joy of life this Steller sea lion loved to "porpoise" behind our Zodiac, leaping and twisting in our wake!

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