Even while the scene is cute and heartwarming, it’s important to remember that these peaceful-looking creatures are wild. It is tempting to get up close and personal. Nevertheless, it’s much better to use a long lens for close-ups like this one.
Sea Lions Take Over Hotel in the Galapagos
In the small town of Puerto Ayora in the Galapagos, there is a hotel where seal lions rule the roost. The Red Mangrove (now called the Hotel Galapagos Habitat), gave a corner of their outdoor seating to the sea lions. Maybe gave is a strong word. Rather, the sea lions have taken over and the hotel has decided not to fight new ownership.
After all, the animals were here long before humans. It’s a large part of the reason humans keep coming in droves to the Galapagos. The animals are so used to owning the island, they don’t bat an eyelid at human invasion. But don’t be fooled.
That’s hilarious. Have you stayed in this hotel?
We used this hotel to arrange for a snorkeling and kayaking trip… they did a great job. We would consider staying here if we return to Isla Santa Cruz. They have some good package deals. Not the cheapest but quality is definitely a part of what they provide.
I saw sea lions making themselves at home on a sailboat moored in the Puerto Ayura harbour.
Do tell! Any pictures to share?
Fun AJ, thanks! Fond memories of a off-leash north of Santa Cruz with one of my Rottie girls. A young sea lion pup was on a flat rock and Babydoll and the pup were fascinated. they wound up touching noses. Great curiosity.
I preferred our time in the Amazon to the Islands. Did you get to meet Lonesome George?
I have some bad news for you, Joe. Lonesome George is no longer living. He is in the process of being prepared for a future exhibit in New York City of all places. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/07/130702-lonesome-george-stuffed-animals-new-york/
I’m curious what kind of tour you did in the Galapagos and why you preferred the jungle to the islands. I have a feeling lots of people would agree with you but there is so much hype over the Galapagos that it’s hard to cut through what is tourist industry driven and what is real feed back at times.