|Nature Photography by Rob Gray :: Image #16704|
This sea lion was trying (and often succeeding) to steal fish from the fishermen's lines below the Jurien jetty.
When a fish was hooked it was a race to see who actually lands it, the fisherman or the sea lion. It seems that the animal has got a little enthusiastic on occasion as it has some ganged hooks and portion of line trailing from it's mouth.
It doesn't seem to slow it down any so I hope it wasn't a long term problem.
In between stealing fish the sea lion posed for my camera. They really seem to be fun-loving animals and this one swam around in circles first giving me a left profile, then a right. Every now and then it seemed to nod off, with eyes closed and head and tail sinking below water level, held up by a fat-laden middle.