Image of the week

California sea lions, especially juveniles, are very playful.   This image was taken in the ‘golden hour’, when the sun gets close to the horizon the quality of light improves, the harsh shadows of mid day fade, the light gets softer and warmer.   The subject of this picture was resting on the buoy off Monterey’s Cannery Row when a boat passed close enough to generate a substantial wake wave.  The  sea lions resting on  the buoy could not resist the opportunity to surf and frolic in the waves, and into the water they went.

I often see sea lions porpoising-traveling fast by leaping clear of the water in repetitive dives, like dolphins- but this was nothing more than adolescent horseplay, kids enjoying life.


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