15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Alpha Male

The California sea lions of La Reina, Mexico, is a colony of only male sea lions. They are particularly inquisitive, playful and would not hesitate to investigate when scuba divers enter their domain. In this picture, the alpha male of the colony slipped into the water as soon as I approached. The alpha male was massive and I estimated it to be above 300kg. Despite its sheer size, I did not at any time feel intimidated by it. It was curious, but kept at a comfortable distance.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2015
Date Uploaded: 09.2017
Photo Location: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Mok Hoe