Inspiration Monday- Sea Lion Rescue

by | Jul 18, 2022 | All

Lobo Drawing

For this week’s inspiration Monday, I’m looking back to a research trip to the Galapagos one year ago. 

Sea Lions are amazing creatures…  big puppies when they’re young, sort of a lion-rhino combo when they’re mature. I got charged by a big bull one year when I was swimming a reef- the thing came tearing in with its maw wide open. Suffice it to say that I swam my fastest 50 meters ever getting out of that surf. 

Unfortunately, our fishing hooks have a way of getting into the mouths of these guys. Just another sign of the universality of humanity’s fingerprints in the natural environment.

This is some video I shot of a National Park team on San Cristobal (Galapagos, Ecaudor) extracting a hook and releasing a ‘Lobo’.

I’ve got to wonder if sea lions have long memories or hold a grudge… or if they realize that the hook is gone. That’s a rather inscrutable look being cast back over the shoulder there.

Anyhow, it made for some fun sketching.

David Roon

David Roon

An artist working at the interface of visual art and Conservation Biology, and a professor at the University of Idaho (Natural Resources and Society).

Mixed media and printmaking, with a strong grounding in ceramics. Exploring the interface between humans and the global biosphere (particularly coastal and marine ecosystems). Installation, sculpture, and ginormous functional pots.

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