Big Ass almost bumped into me

#1
At the island Sunday June 6, 2010, there were stingrays everywhere, and most of the female sea lions were feeding newborn pups, and a big old friend almost bumped into me...

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Ladyjeeper

Sonoran Goddess
Staff member
#4
So Mark,
Could they flap you with their flippers? Fin you with their fins? Do they bite? That looks waaayyyy scary!
 
#5
They will try to bump you, just to let you know that you are in their turf or surf... and I have talked to a lady that was cut open or bitten by one several years ago... I think Stuart was out there at the time and did a quick fix with super glue and closed the wound...
 

PintoPoint

Well Known Member
#7
Mark,
I had a couple bulls charge when we were out on island. They came at me hard barking with a big bow wake in front of them and then disappeared. It's not so bad when you have some visibility but a little un-nerving with four foot visibility. I would still do it again. In diving off the coast of California I have had a sea lion grab my fin or swim right along side when I am on my scooter. Lots of fun.
 
#8
Mark,
I had a couple bulls charge when we were out on island. They came at me hard barking with a big bow wake in front of them and then disappeared. It's not so bad when you have some visibility but a little un-nerving with four foot visibility. I would still do it again. In diving off the coast of California I have had a sea lion grab my fin or swim right along side when I am on my scooter. Lots of fun.
Rick, while diving out there some years back I had a playful yearling bite my snorkel, but I grabbed my mask before he could get away with it... then I looked at my dive buddy and he wasn't quick enough and the sea lion made off with his mask... luckily I was able to snatch it back when he began to play with it...

I have also had them grab onto my fins and regulator hoses... they are curious and very playful when they are young... but after a bull starts mating they become beachmasters and very territorial...

I really do enjoy watching and swimming with them...
 
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