Santa Barbara Island, California, U.S.A.



60P VIDEO: Diving with Sea Lions 2016 (Length 1:00, Hero 3+ Black, 1080 60p, FCPX)

Santa Barbara Island is a nature preserve with very limited boat access; therefore, it’s a special treat to dive with the sea lions there. On the day of the trip, our boat was the only one made it to the island with 28 divers on-board. Upon arrival we were greeted by dozens of friendly and curious sea lions who allowed us to get really close before swimming away, bumping into us once in a while. Needless to say we thoroughly enjoyed the experience!

Listen closely and you'll hear the faint sound sea lions make underwater.



60P VIDEO: Diving with Sea Lions 2014 (Length 1:04, Hero 3+ Black, Flip Dive Filter, 1080 60p, FCPX)

One sea lion kept circling us on the calm ocean surface. Underwater we swam by some giant kelp with plenty of local escorts. Shutter sound from our NEX-5R can be heard in two of the clips.



Sea lions are also known as sea dogs because they behave so much like canines - small, playful, and friendly. (NEX-5R 18-55mm @18mm RAW)



Sea lions love to swim straight toward the divers and peel off just out of reach. (NEX-5R 18-55mm @18mm RAW)



They also like to settle on the sea floor nearby, curiously observing us humans awkwardly and slowly swim by. (NEX-5R 18-55mm @18mm RAW)



(NEX-5R 18-55mm @18mm RAW)



(NEX-5R 18-55mm @18mm RAW)



(NEX-5R 18-55mm @18mm RAW)



(NEX-5R 18-55mm @18mm RAW)



(NEX-5R 18-55mm @18mm RAW)



(NEX-5R 18-55mm @18mm RAW)



(NEX-5R 18-55mm @18mm RAW)



(NEX-5R 18-55mm @18mm RAW)



(NEX-5R 18-55mm @18mm RAW)
 
 

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