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[*] posted on 6-29-2020 at 12:49 PM
Swimming with the Sea Lions of Los Islotes- La Paz


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/29/travel/sea-lions-los-islo...

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[*] posted on 6-29-2020 at 01:19 PM


Shots from Los Islotes.

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[*] posted on 6-29-2020 at 02:36 PM


much more exciting than swimming with the whale sharks



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[*] posted on 6-29-2020 at 02:46 PM


watch out, they do occasionally bite



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[*] posted on 6-29-2020 at 04:38 PM


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watch out, they do occasionally bite


Try to not alarm the bulls, who will get you if you don't heed their warning with a first pass-by.... often with their teeth showing.







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[*] posted on 6-29-2020 at 04:41 PM


I've been to sea lion spots dozens of times all over the SoC. But never had the ballz to swim with them.

How dangerous is it when proper care is taken?




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[*] posted on 6-29-2020 at 04:46 PM


Quote: Originally posted by BajaNomad  
Quote: Originally posted by mtgoat666  
watch out, they do occasionally bite


Try to not alarm the bulls, who will get you if you don't heed their warning with a first pass-by.... often with their teeth showing.




On a sailing trip past Islotes, we were snorkeling around the island when my significant other failed to recognize the bulls warnings and he jammed her in the ribs with his muzzle. LESSON LEARNED!
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[*] posted on 6-29-2020 at 04:53 PM


Quote: Originally posted by JZ  
I've been to sea lion spots dozens of times all over the SoC. But never had the ballz to swim with them.

How dangerous is it when proper care is taken?

[Edited on 6-29-2020 by JZ]


when i lived on the beach my dogs would occasionally chase the local sea lions, running along the shore barking, sometimes swimming after the sea lions. occasionally the sea lions nipped them from below when dogs were swimming, to show who was in charge. just nips, nothing too deep.
i have avoided swimming at the rookeries, it is their territory, you can see in their behavior that close human presence makes 'em nervous, and they got big teeth/mouths and are more agile/faster swimmers...




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[*] posted on 6-29-2020 at 04:59 PM


Quote: Originally posted by JZ  


How dangerous is it when proper care is taken?



I'm uncertain if behavior is different in different places.

At Los Islotes, the advice I was given over 25 years ago still appears to be valuable advice for an excellent experience:
- Don't get up on the rocks where the colony is sunning themselves.
- If a bull comes by you in the water and bares his teeth, heed the warning and swim away.

I snorkeled with the sea lions at Los Islotes perhaps on six or more different occasions in various years... always heeding that advice. Had a couple of bulls approach me baring teeth (very intimidating), but never a problem other than being warned off by the bulls.

I found if I swam a little further away, many of the sea lions would still follow me around... and it was more off the "radar" of the bull(s).

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[*] posted on 6-29-2020 at 06:12 PM


Twenty years ago, we went out with a German guide in Mulege to snorkel around some sea lions. I wouldn't call the rock a rookery, in fact I don't know if any bulls were around.

It was fun, and the few critters we met seemed friendly enough, but I would have appreciated a warning about bulls baring teeth!

I had encountered seals on more than a few occasions in the past while diving for abalone, but not sea lions!




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[*] posted on 6-29-2020 at 06:30 PM


Quote: Originally posted by mtgoat666  
watch out, they do occasionally bite


I am well aware of that - and they have only one aim. Your balls




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[*] posted on 6-29-2020 at 06:34 PM


Quote: Originally posted by JZ  
I've been to sea lion spots dozens of times all over the SoC. But never had the ballz to swim with them.

How dangerous is it when proper care is taken?




[Edited on 6-29-2020 by JZ]


It can only be done at sites where the animals had exposure to tourists for many years. They have learned that we are not a threat. I would not be in the water anywhere else. They are lightning fast and dangerous.
Even with established sites there is a strict security protocol.
As soon as only one single male slips into the water - all tourists are out ASAP




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