Even while the scene is cute and heartwarming, it’s important to remember that these peaceful-looking creatures are wild. It is tempting to get up close and personal. Nevertheless, it’s much better to use a long lens for close-ups like this one.
In the small town of Puerto Ayora in the Galapagos, there is a hotel where seal lions rule the roost. The Red Mangrove (now called the Hotel Galapagos Habitat), gave a corner of their outdoor seating to the sea lions. Maybe gave is a strong word. Rather, the sea lions have taken over and the hotel has decided not to fight new ownership.
After all, the animals were here long before humans. It’s a large part of the reason humans keep coming in droves to the Galapagos. The animals are so used to owning the island, they don’t bat an eyelid at human invasion. But don’t be fooled.