Off to Play with Pinnipeds

After rushing a dozen or more things out the door, pulling an all-nighter in the process, I'm finally on my way to visit Australian sea lions (Neophoca cinerea) again.

It's been three years since I last had a chance to frolic with my frisky friends in Western Australia, so I'm looking forward to seeing how they're doing and what's been happening with their home on Carnac Island.

Self-portrait of me getting a kiss from an Australian sea lion

They are absolutely adorable animals (imagine aquatic labrador retrievers on speed), but they also face a lot of challenges...many of which, not surprisingly, are due to people.

The sea lion colony I'm visiting comprises wild animals, so there's no guarantee that they'll be there. Even if they are, there's no way to be certain whether they'll deign to spend time with uncoordinated goofs like me trying to keep up with their underwater antics. But they're generally good natured and playful, so I'll hopefully have nice pictures to post soon.

Several friends(?) from Singapore and Thailand will be joining the fun, and I'll also have a chance to hook up with a few people that I've only communicated with online so far.

Oh, almost forgot. I need to pack.

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