Sea Lion Encounter
Category: Spontaneous Moments
Photo and caption by Jill Cruse
I was hugged by a Sea Lion! While snorkeling in Baja on the National Geographic Seabird in April of 2012, I felt a warm body pressed against my back. I turned around thinking it was my snorkel buddy, but it wasn't! The sea lion wrapped herslf around my torso in a "U" shape, with her face looking at me for 10 seconds. I stayed with it until my human-ness kicked in and got worried she would nip at me. She swam away, but I was left with an experience I will never forget. Tears were my release as I could not explain in words what that was about. This being felt safe and vulnerable with a human.
Location: Sea of Cortez, Mexico