The Galapagos sea lion mothers will take the young pups with them into the water while nursing until around the 11th month, when the pups are weaned from their mother’s milk and become dependent on their own hunting skill.
The wind and rain washed cliff with its interesting designs makes a great backdrop for this Galapagos sea lion
Being fairly social, and one of the most numerous species in the Galápagos archipelago, they are often spotted sun-bathing on sandy shores or rock groups or gliding gracefully through the surf. Their loud bark, playful nature, and graceful agility in water make them the “welcoming party” of the islands.
Momentarily distracted from its sleep by humans, this sea lion lifts its head to check out what is going on
Slightly smaller than their Californian relatives, Galápagos sea lions range from 150 to 250 cm (59 to 98 in) in length and weigh between 50 to 250 kg (110 to 550 lb.), with the males averaging larger than females. Most of the sea lions we encountered during the day seemed to be sleeping.
The beauty of the Swallow-tailed Gull captured in flight
The Swallow-tailed Gull breeds mainly on the Galapagos Islands. It forms loose colonies with large inter-nest distances but can be solitary, nesting on steep slopes or broken cliffs, often on broad cliff-top ledges but also just above the wave line, and on gravelly beaches and under vegetation.
In the breeding season, the adult has a black plumaged head and a bright red fleshy rim around each eye.