Everyone needs love in this sometimes-dour world of ours, even sea lions, whose “love language” is fish.
Take for instance an adorable sea lion who decided to plop his hefty ol’ self on the back of a moving speedboat off the coast of California Sunday, as reported by UPI.
The feller presumably wanted to see what’s the haps, but he instead wound up obtaining something far more useful: delicious grub.
Watch a video recording of the humorous encounter:
Uploaded to YouTube by Peter M. Ladey, the video showed Ladey and his pals tossing what appeared to be bait fish to the unnamed seal, who it seemed quite enjoyed the scrumptious snacks.
“Sea lion hanging out on the back of our boat being fed the finest of fish, and what a friendly little pal he was,” Ladey wrote in the video’s description. “Not sure what the bump on his head is, though.”
According to the National Marine Fisheries Service, the “bump” was in fact a “pronounced sagittal crest” — one seen on all male California sea lions.
California sea lions are not an endangered species, according to the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.
“The U.S. population of California sea lions is currently estimated at up to 300,000 animals, all on the Pacific coast,” the department explained. “From an estimated population of about 10,000 animals in the 1950s, U.S. California sea lion numbers have grown rapidly since the 1970s and the species is now at ‘carrying capacity’ — near the highest level the environment can sustain.”
This is great news for sea lions, as well as those kind souls like Peter M. Ladey who get a kick out of feeding them.
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