You know how pesky squirrels can be in your backyard.Even though they steal all the bird seed, they still sit-up and give you that I’m so cute look. The sea lions seem to fit that same niche here in the Galapagos. Here’s Chris waiting for the water-taxi with one of her furry friends.
These are not sea lions, they are boat lions that started their evolution from the sea when the whale boats first showed up before Darwin. Speciation can occur in Galapagos Sea Lion - Zalophus wollebaeki - rather quickly in direct relation to the number of open transom boats that occur. This unnatural phenomenon, open transom boats that is, can be corrected with plywood and screws. Speciation however is unstoppable, welcome Zalophus boatibaeki!