20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Please play with me!

Sea lions are the most playful and curious marine animals. They are eager to play with everything and everyone around them. While playing with a sea cucumber, this sea lion passed a resting sea turtle and “tossed the ball” to the turtle—perhaps trying to get his attention and have him play along.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Ecuador
Camera: ILCE-7RM3
Copyright: © Tom Shlesinger