Sea Lion Pup in Distress

Sea Lion Pup Portrait

Sea Lion Pup Portrait – Zuma Beach, Malibu, California, USA

Last Sunday, was a cold, windy, winter day with only the hardiest people out at Zuma Beach. While there, I saw a sea lion pup sunning himself on the warm platform of an unattended lifeguard station. What he should have been doing was venturing out into the cold water and learning how to hunt. That is the reason his mother abandoned him. The pup looked malnourished, yet content as he watched me getting my camera out of my pack. I made one capture as he sat up to have his portrait taken (what a ham!), but I was distracted by someone entering my peripheral vision. It was an agent from the California Wildlife Center with a net. He explained to me that he would net the animal and bring him in for rehab. Once fattened up, he would be returned to the beach. There was no struggle. The sea lion pup seemed to know the man with the net was his benefactor. As he was dragged off the platform, he turned to me with this wadda-ya-gonna-do look on his face (see photo below). Best of luck my friend.

Baby Sea Lion in Distress

Sea Lion Pup in Distress – Zuma Beach, Malibu, California, USA

Copyright 2013 O. Bisogno Scotti,  All Rights Reserved.

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Sea Lion Pup Portrait: Nikon D3 DSLR, AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200 mm f/2.8D ED, exposure: f/2.8, 1/640 sec., ISO 200, exposure bias: +2.00, exposure program: Aperture Priority, focal length: 200 mm, White Balance: Auto, capture date & time: 1/06/2013, 1:02 pm, handheld.

Sea Lion Pup in Distress: Nikon D3 DSLR, AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200 mm f/2.8D ED, exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 sec., ISO 200, exposure bias: -1.33, exposure program: Aperture Priority, focal length: 200 mm, White Balance: Auto, capture date & time: 1/06/2013, 1:07 pm, handheld.

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7 thoughts on “Sea Lion Pup in Distress

  1. It seems you are put in the right place at the right time a lot! This pup is lucky he is in So Cal, and will be protected. I also wish him a long and happy life. I love his colouring and his facial expressions. Some people and animals just gravitate to the camera don’t they?

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