black and white photo of a California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus) underwater at La Jolla Cove

California Sea Lion underwater - #179

California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus) are definitely one of the cutest animals in the ocean. I'm not one to anthropomorphize or anything, but they really do seem to be curious about people swimming underwater, and even playful at times.

Typically when you see them underwater, they're doing flips and turns right in front of you, and will sometimes stop right in front of you and stare with their puppy-dog eyes, almost as if to make sure you're watching.

This photo was taken on such an occasion in the shallow waters off La Jolla Cove in California.

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