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Sea Lions

Can't think for all the pain in my ear. It is both dull and loud, drowning out all other sensation and thought. I would not be surprised if someone told me there was a rip in my eardrum, but Chris assures me it's not that serious. Just a common diving problem, etc.

Even at the pier in Puerto Ayora, we can see diving sea lions, puffer fish, sting rays, and even our first black-tipped reef sharks. Also not a few plastic bags and other human debris. The sea lion glanced at us with its wide, cartoon-like eyes. How many sea lions have passed me this way, iris rolled to the back to watch me? The one on the bench is always surrounded by a diffuse cloud of tourists who take turns sharing the bench with him and snapping pictures. Occasionally he will open a wet, sleepy eye, but then the effort is too much, and it slowly closes. We've seen countless sea lions, and yet I'm still tempted to take its photo. But the tourists scare me away.

Posted by chschen 17:00 Archived in Ecuador

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