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Exploring Santa Fe Island: A Multitude of Sea Lions

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Santa Fe Galapagos Sea Lion

A sizable colony of Sea lions on Santa Fe Island resides on Barrington. An enormous number of female sea lions congregate on the two beaches that comprise part of its breathtaking scenery annually to give birth, nurse, and raise their young. What a sisterhood of nature! Our tourists are frequently astounded by the abundance of life and the harmonious interactions among the various species when they visit this incredible island.

Galapagos sea lion sleeping while we explore the island! Photo Credit: Martin Barreiro.
Galapagos sea lion sleeping while we explore the island! Photo Credit: Martin Barreiro.

With its puppy eyes and playful temperament, this Galapagos Big15 favorite melts hearts despite occasionally having a slight odor. Prepare to see an abundance of Galapagos sea lions in this blog post on Santa Fe Island, which is included in our schedule for the Eastern Islands.

Having Fun With Crabs, Moray Eels, and Other Animals

On this particular day, we saw some sea lion pups playing on the coast, and they seemed interested in interacting with everything in their environment. As the reptiles returned to the sea, some were dragging the tails of the marine iguanas. Some did not hurt the Sally Lightfoot crabs when they chased after them.

One of their favorite toys is a moray eel. In fact, after returning from a swim, we saw some Galapagos sea lions removing the moray eels off the rocks. The eel was left to lie on the shore after they had chewed it until it was dead, so it was not a lovely sight. And this is only a tiny sample of the fantastic ways these critters continue to amaze us on our travels. The beach, the rock formations, the enormous Opuntias prickly pear cacti, the native land iguana, and the entertaining sea lion pups make Santa Fe Island an incredible site. This location is distinct within the archipelago because of them all.

A colony of Galapagos sea lions on Santa Fe Island during the pupping season. Photo Credit: Martin Barreiro
A colony of Galapagos sea lions on Santa Fe Island during the pupping season. Photo Credit: Martin Barreiro

Sea Lions on Santa Fe Island: The War of the Sexes

Male sea lions, dubbed Beach Masters, put in much effort to keep their younger, “sneaky” guys out of the reach of females and their harems down the beach. Men have been known to fast for extended periods to keep their beaches safe. Conversely, females constantly look for guys who offer the best genetic material.

Consequently, when it comes to selecting a compatible partner, ladies might be picky. One pup is born to a female sea lion each year. Despite this, we have occasionally been able to identify twins. A greater survival rate is obtained with one pup per year. If the first pup does not survive, a second pup will take on the role the following year.

Galapagos sea lion pup taking a nap. Photo Credit: Martin Barreiro
Galapagos sea lion pup taking a nap. Photo Credit: Martin Barreiro

To You, the Best of the Morning!

We observed some amusing Galapagos sea lion puppies today down by the shore. They were playing with crabs and other items they found on the beach and riding the waves. It was a very happy sight. They eventually began to summon their moms, using a sound similar to goat calls. Females can instinctively identify their puppy in a crowd by following its unique call and scent. The female determines which pup to nurse based solely on scent.

In certain cases, nursing periods might extend up to two years if there is plenty of food available. More than any other Pinniped species, the Galapagos sea lion is known to exhibit this intriguing behavior. It is interesting to observe the sea lions interact with our guests and engage in playful activities. Their behavior and inquisitiveness exhibited at nearly every tourist destination astonish every visitor to the Galapagos Islands.

Updated:June 6, 2024

Published:September 12, 2017

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