Photographer's Note

Meet Barney, one of the beautiful Australian Sea Lions I swam with on my trip to Western Australia. Barney was one of the hundred or so seals at a natural seal colony near Green Head. He and his relatives were very friendly and curious. I have other photos of Barney & Friends but I thought this one best summed up how close they are willing to get to you. In fact as I was taking this, Barney actually touched the camera lens with his nose. Another seal swimming behind me gently slapped me on the back with his flipper as if to say, "Hey what about me?" I had such a good time swimming with them. The more antics I got up to in the water, the more curious they became and would actually mimic me.

Seals are beautiful, intelligent creatures. Sadly, their numbers are diminishing in Australia to around 15,000. This is mainly due to the existence of massive fishing trawlers which capture every living thing within their nets, without discrimination and without care. It's also due to the long birth cycle of a seal, which is 18 months and the high mortality rate of females and babies.

After swimming with these beautiful creatures and looking them straight in the eye, I'm absolutely convinced that they must be related to the land-lubbing Labrador.

My Workshop shows 2 other photos of these little characters showing off for the camera.

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