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How many sea lions....?

How many sea lions....?
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Copyright: John Stewart (jstewart) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 0 N: 125] (609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon CP 8800
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-22 23:22
Viewed: 3823
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My recent images have been from British Columbia and Alberta, Canada. Now we move up the coast to Alaska. These are Stellar sea lions (not seals!). Officially named Eumetopias jubatis. They are the 3rd largest of the sea lion/seal family after the walrus and the elephant seal.
They are named after Stellar, a German naturalist who accompanied Bering (as in Bering Strait) in his explorations of Russia and Alaska in the 1740's. Here in Vancouver, the common blue jay is the Stellar's Jay. Same guy!
This buoy is in a bay not far from the capital of Alaska - Juneau. Note the glacier in the background. Juneau has many claims to fame but one of them is that there are no roads in/out of it. You want to get somewhere else - go by boat or fly!
But I digress. These Stellar sea lions were in a constant state of activity. One would jump on to the buoy and push another out. There was a continual chorus of barking and grunting, belching and farting and splashing.

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Very interesting shot John.
They seem to lke trhat buoy don't they.
Their chorus sounds delightful.
Thanks for sharing ;)

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