California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) on Los Islotes rock near Isla Partida in the Archipielago de Espiritu Santo National Park, near La Paz, the Baja Peninsula and the Sea of Cortez, Mexico.
One of my primary objectives for the trip and for paddling as far south as La Paz was to dive with California sea lions at a well publicised haul out at a small island called Los Islotes, near Isla Partida, just to the north of La Paz. California sea lions are smaller than the enormous Steller sea lions that I was so fondly familiar with in Alaska. I have had so many close, entertaining and interactive encounters with those clowns of the sea and now at long last I had the opportunity to experience their antics underwater, where they are transformed from being lumbering mounds of blubber to agile, graceful underwater dancers. Los Islotes is a pink crest of rock sticking abruptly out of the sea with numerous ledges around its base as if it had been purpose-built for sea lions to sunbathe and loll around on.
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- Duncan Murrell
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- Kayaking the Sea of Cortez, Mexico