More little brown brothers....California Sea Lion pups (Zalophus californianus) hauled out on a rock outcropping near the West End of Santa Cruz Island. The bright red beak of a Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmanii) can also be seen perched just below the Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) in this photo.
Seven young California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus) rest on a rocky islet above the waves on Santa Cruz Island. If you look closely, you can just barely make out the red beak of a Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani) on the upper right edge of the frame.
Soaking up the warm California summer sun...California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus) on the rocks at Santa Cruz Island. The canopy layer of a Giant Kelp bed (Macrocystis pyrifera) can be seen in the water.
Resting on the volcanic rocky ledges of Santa Cruz Island...a young bull California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus) and a bunch of females. A female seen just to the left of center has been branded with large numbers and has yellow tracking tags on right and left flippers.