Monday, April 11, 2011

Seal Bay

Our next stop was at Seal Bay on the southern coast of Kangaroo Island.  This is a protected beach where Australian Sea Lions breed and raise pups.  We opted to splurge for the guided tour on the beach. 

We sat on the beach with a guide and watched the sea lions.  The guide explained that these sea lions are in the same family as the fur seals that we had previously seen.

The Australian Sea Lion is unusual in that its gestation period is nearly 18 months.  Sea Lions do not migrate from this beach, but they do spend 2-3 day periods at sea feeding on the sea floor for fish. 
"Is this one mine?"

A female surfing in to shore

While sitting on the beach, this 6-7 month old pup wandered to about 8 feet away to check us out.  An incredible experience!

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