Stellar Sea Lions – The Big Dogs of the Sea


A cruise through the San Juan Islands of Washington state is not all about whale watching. On this summer voyage, briefly after leaving Friday Harbor, I got the opportunity to see up close a large group of Stellar Sea Lions at rest, work and play on and near a rocky outcrop just off San Juan Island. They really are just like big dogs of the sea!

Cormorant's and Stellar Sea Lions on their rocky outcrop San Juan Island
Cormorant’s and Stellar Sea Lions on their rocky outcrop
Stellar Sea Lions on their rocky outcrop San Juan Island
Not on my rock! Trouble in paradise!
Stellar Sea Lions on their rocky outcrop San Juan Island
Sleepy and active – Stellar Sea Lions doing what they do!
Stellar Sea Lions swimming San Juan Island
A bit of play time
Stellar Sea Lions swimming San Juan Island
Off to find some food
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