20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Sea Lion Embrace

A juvenile male New Zealand sea lion caresses an adult female sea lion with her pup alongside. But, is he the young father of the pup or is he trying his luck - with some intimidation - with the adult female while she is vulnerable as she is looking after her pup?

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 02.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: New Zealand
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Copyright: © Grant Maslowski