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    Posted November 12, 2015 by
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    Swimming with the Sea Lions in Baja Sur, Mexico

    Los Islotes, Baja Sur, Mexico - Recently my wife, Marlis, and I, along with some good friends of ours, traveled down to La Paz, Mexico for diving in the Sea of Cortez. Marlis did the research of the diving near La Paz and discovered that there was a sea lion colony close by and having never dived with mammals before, we were excited to give it a try.

    Just a short 90 minute boat ride from our hotel, we found ourselves anchored next to a very small island…more like a large rock…off the northern end of Isla La Parifda that was home to a colony of several hundred sea lions. Once we jumped into the water and went to the bottom, we were met by three playful young adult sea lions, whose greeting to us was to bite our fins in play. This was the start of a two day adventure that included discovering why sea lions are called dogs of the sea, finding out that some actually like to be scratched like dogs, and falling in love with some of the best “puppy eyes” in this world.

    Since divers have been coming here for decades, the sea lions have grown accustomed to the human divers and as long as you don’t threaten the alpha male, you are a welcomed swimmer in their world.
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