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    Posted April 20, 2014 by
    Kansas City, Missouri
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    Snorkeling With Galapagos Sea Lions


    In keeping with the theme of this assignment, this is a very intriguing video that was shot just off the Island of San Cristobol in the Galapagos Islands. It was my very first time using my new GoPro Hero 3.


    Not only did I not have any idea what we might see, but very soon after getting in the water, the group was joined by some very very playful sea lions.


    They would dive down to the bottom, only to rush right back up to join the snorkelers for what seemed to be pure joy and fun for them.


    It seemed that they would copy your moves and try to get you to dive, turn circles and join their games.


    Of special note, at about 3:40 into the video you will notice one of the sea lions carrying what looks like an orange ball. It is in fact a sea urchin that later in the video is used to play the game "train the human".


    They would bring it over to you and drop it in front of you as if to say, "let's play catch" and hope that you would dive after the "ball". Because we had wet suits on, it was more difficult to dive after the ball quickly enough, so the sea lions would be happy to bring it back to you for another round.


    The Galapagos Islands are a very very special place...!!! They should be on everyone's "bucket list".


    All video images were taken by Doug Mackenzie, Owner of Mackenzie Images -- mackenzie-images.com, facebook.com/mackenzieimages, Twitter: @mackenzieimages

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