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Two Hookers Seal Lions cuddle on the beach in Otago on the South Island of New Zealand.

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Beach Hookers Otago
Photo of a couple of Hookers Seal Lions on the beach in Otago on the South Island of New Zealand.

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These two Hooker's Seal Lions seem to be inseparable as they rest in the sun along the beach in Molyneus Bay in the Catlins in Otago, New Zealand. The Hookers Seal Lions is a species of sea lion that breeds around the coast of New Zealand's South Island and is one of the larger animals of New Zealand.

The Hookers Seal Lions prefer the sandy beach to haul themselves up onto for a little sun tanning, resting or breeding. They can often be found inland as far as two kilometers to get a little peace and quiet on the beach in Otago, New Zealand.Hooker's Seal Lions were hunted for their hide and oil until hunting was banned in New Zealand in 1893. The Hookers Seal Lions were designated as a threatened species in 1997 and now humans can watch them peacefully on the beach in Otago without causing them any harm.

The Hookers Seal Lions are massive marine mammals and are incredible to observe especially if you can get a close look at them on the beach in Molyneux Bay in Otago, New Zealand.

New Zealand Sea Lions (also known as Hooker's Sea Lions), Phocarctos hookeri, along the beach in Molyneux Bay in the Catlins along the Catlin's Highway, Southern Scenic Route, Otago, South Island, East Coast, New Zealand.

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I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/9.0, exposure time of 1/500 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 260mm.

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