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California sea lion (Zalophus californianus)

California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) by Kevin Schafer

Monterey Bay, California, USA
by Kevin Schafer, Seattle, Washington, USA

“Monterey Bay is home to a large number of sea lions, many of which spend the day
resting on rocky breakwaters at the entrance to the harbor. Intensely social, they often
huddle together or use one another as mattresses or pillows. Here I was struck by the
almost affectionate pose of these two pups trying to grab a nap amid the
chaos of the haul-out."

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