Rooting for sea lion pups — long may they frolic

Beach Life, Hermosa Beach, Photography, Redondo Beach, Surf N Pixels

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It’s been a tough season for sea lion pups, and I’ve been seeing more of them beached for rest, sun or recuperation. I spotted this guy near an obviously dead sea lion on my run late this afternoon and feared the worst …

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Only to see him rouse himself and head for the water

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Wriggling in the sun before he dove in the ocean

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Further down the sand I spotted this sleeping beauty under the Hermosa pier, very near where I spotted a resting pup this morning. I hope his mother brings him food soon.

 

Close encounters with a sea lion — Hermosa pier

Beach Life, Hermosa Beach, Photography

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While I was trying to figure out how to work a loaner camera under the pier, this guy slithered behind me. Couldn’t have been more than a foot away.

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He soon drew a crowd, and after some photo ops, ambled back toward the water…

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Pausing to survey the high surf

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And looking back

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Before diving in.

He came back out once more before disappearing for good.