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Hilarious Sea Lions Find The Most Ridiculous Places To Sleep1m06s

Hilarious Sea Lions Find The Most Ridiculous Places To Sleep

In the Galapagos Islands, sea lions are everywhere. They are one of the most successful predators here and they live in abundance around most of the islands. Wherever there are fish, you'll find sea lions. They populate the beaches, cover the rocks along the shore, and swim in great numbers in the shallow waters. They are capable swimmers and they spend a few hours each day hunting for fish, octopus, eels, and crabs. They spend the rest of the day lounging and sleeping. The people living on the islands, and even the tourists here have become very accustomed to them and they manage to live harmoniously with these funny animals. The sea lions generally ignore people and keep the same respectful distance. But the sea lions will claim their spot for sleeping in any location they like. They will climb onto almost any flat surface for a snooze. This includes boats in the harbor, picnic tables, sandy beaches, park benches, sidewalks, and even street gutters. This can be very amusing, especially for those who have not grown up here. Their comical way of sprawling out on their backs to sleep makes them resemble a very intoxicated person who has not managed to make their way home after a particularly wild party. Here in the Galapagos, people are encouraged to keep a respectful 2m (6 foot) distance between themselves and the sea lions. The residents are committed to not interfering with the animal life, or nature in any way. They strongly encourage guests on their islands to abide by these rules as well. The balance of nature is a delicate one and harassing, or even helping an animal can have disastrous consequences. What most people don't know is that the adorable baby sea lions on the beach will be abandoned if the mother smells humans on them. It is too easy to want to interact with these furry babies, especially when they persistently seek contact with people, but doing so means almost certain death for the infants. The mothers are usually not far away and will usually return to care for the young after a hunting trip. Even in the case of babies who are not being cared for, interfering is discouraged. The Galapagos Islands are an exciting destination from nay reasons, but sea lions are a very memorable part of the experience.

Huge fish bait ball tries to use surfacing scuba divers as protection1m19s

Huge fish bait ball tries to use surfacing scuba divers as protection

Bait balls are enormous schools of small fish, sometimes numbering in the millions. The fish cluster in huge schools as a means of protection from predators. Their shimmering scales and rapid movements make it very difficult for predators to follow and catch them. This also allows them to have many eyes to detect a threat. Each fish in the congregation is highly sensitive to panicky movements of the other fish around them and one or two of them reacting suddenly will cause an instant chain reaction. This creates a mesmerizing effect as they dart and move like one giant organism. These scuba divers in the Galapagos Islands are surfacing from a deep dive among the hammerhead sharks and other ocean creatures. As they reached their safety stop, they were surrounded by a bait ball that drifted toward them. These huge groups of fish are an impressive sight and fascinating to observe. They didn't understand what made the fish want to gather around humans until they realized that a a few red footed boobies were diving from above, trying to catch the fish in the bait ball. These birds make their home on Darwin Island, which is right beside the dive site. They watch from above and bombard the schools of fish that venture close to the surface. Sometimes they do this in unison, in great numbers, increasing their chances as the fish become confused and panicky. Red footed and blue footed boobies live in great abundance in the Galapagos Islands. They feed almost exclusively on the fish that come here for food that is brought by the ocean currents. The fish know that they are in danger of being eaten by the birds, but they may bee reluctant to swim deeper due to the schooling hammerheads. They wisely make the choice to swim near the harmless divers in the hope that the birds will be deterred. Although this works to an extent, some of the braver boobies dive bombed the fish, narrowly missing the diver with the camera. Seeing the relationship in action between predator and prey in the ocean is an awe-inspiring experience and a reminder that in the food chain, somebody is always looking for food and somebody else is always looking for escape. For many species, this happens simultaneously.

Grandma and grandson giggle-fest will melt your heart56s

Grandma and grandson giggle-fest will melt your heart

Four month old Liam captures hearts everywhere he goes. He's an adorable baby with a laugh that makes you stop, listen, and begin to laugh along with him. The magic of a baby's laughter is that it comes right from the belly so easily. The simplest of things amuse and delight an infant. You don't have to be a world renowned comedian to tickle a baby's funny bone and when you get one to really laugh, you can repeat things over and over again and get the same laughter for hours. Shona is a very enthusiastic grandma who has discovered that tapping her fingers on the window is all it takes to make Liam burst out in laughter. Shona laughs almost as hard as the two play their adorable game. Even Kolby, Liam's mother, laughs as she tries to hold the camera steady. A baby’s laughter is contagious like no other. Haven’t we all been in a room or a store and heard a baby’s laughter, only to realize that we, and everybody else had stopped to listen? Then one by one, we all end up laughing too. We would gladly tickle a baby or play peek-a-boo for hours, only to keep the laughter going. And the look of expectation on the baby’s face as he or she waits for us to make them laugh again is especially endearing. Laughter is definitely food for the soul and it creates bonds between family and strangers alike. We all deserve to hear the laughter of a bay every day!

WildCreatures
Published: February 19, 20191,758 plays$20.18 earned
Two Newfoundlands engage in precious tug-of-war46s

Two Newfoundlands engage in precious tug-of-war

Samson and Ollie engage in the cutest tug of war ever over an emoji pillow. These two powerful dogs could potentially do a lot of damage to that pillow very quickly, but this appears to be a gentle match between the two. Samson seemed to give up but when Ollie claimed his win by giving himself permission to jump on the sofa, Samson seemed to have a change of heart! Samson shakes his head “no” as if he’s trying to tell Ollie he didn’t play fair. Poor Samson, but it’s certain he will get his chance for victory again.

brenmichelle
Published: February 19, 201913 plays$7.37 earned
Large wave drenches tourist trying to get video of whales26s

Large wave drenches tourist trying to get video of whales

The Galapagos Sky is a small cruise ship that takes 16 tourists on a remote and incredible adventure to the outermost reaches around the Galapagos Islands. Embarking on a dive adventure that would lead them to Wolf and Darwin Islands to meet hammerhead sharks and whale sharks, these tourists were watching the beautiful scenery and catching an occasional glimpse of pilot whales and fin whales. One brave Canadian tourist decided to wander up front, despite the waves, to try to capture a whale breach on video. What he caught instead was the slap of a large wave that came crashing over the bow. Quickly deciding that the lower deck wasn't the best place to be in rough seas, he made a hasty retreat. He couldn't help but laugh when he realized that the boat captain had been able to see the whole episode from the bridge, and he was laughing even harder. The two of them had a very different perspective on the same event. As an afterthought, he can be seen checking that the camera is still working to make sure the salt water hasn't wrecked it. Our Canadian friend also had some explaining to do when he went back inside the ship, dripping wet to join the other tourists. The Galapagos Sky is an amazing ship, with a crew that prides themselves on service that is beyond anybody's expectations. The one week tour took these adventurous scuba divers to one of the most remote, hostile, and beautiful places on the planet. Several BBC series have been produced that describe this magical and unforgiving world. As a dive destination, it is second to none. These guests saw unique birds, marine iguanas, several different species of sharks, and the most sought after creature of all, the magnificent whale shark. Their trip to this remote paradise was truly the adventure of a lifetime.

Funny rescued manatee tries to steal buddy's bottle20s

Funny rescued manatee tries to steal buddy's bottle

These manatees were found on the beach when they were just tiny babies, so they had to be rescued and now are cared for at a rehabilitation center, waiting to go back to the ocean once they are old enough. They get bottle-fed five times a day, with a special formula containing the fat and nutrients they need. Because there are too many animals, they can't all get fed at the same time, and the one seen drinking his formula in the video is the big bully that will try and still everyone else's bottles when he is not the one getting fed. Well, this time the tables have turned, and one of the manatees that always gets bullied decides to get back at him, and try to steal his bottle for a change! It wasn't a very successful attempt, but it was worth the try! Manatees are such funny animals! The West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus) is the largest species of Sirenians alive. The Sirenia order also includes the Amazonian Manatee (Trichechus inunguis) and the African Manatee (Trichechus senegalensis). The West Indian Manatee is currently divided into two subspecies, the Florida Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) and the Antillean Manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus), although recent data indicates three separate lineages: one in Florida and the Greater Antilles; another in Western and Southern Gulf of Mexico, Central America, and Northwestern South America, West of the Lesser Antilles; and the third one on Northeastern South America, East of the Lesser Antilles. Evidence indicates that there might be hybridization with the Amazonian Manatee, in some areas near the mouth of the Amazon. In 2017 the West Indian Manatee’s status has been downgraded from endangered to threatened, but it's essential to have stronger emphasis on preserving and restoring warm water habitats, and increase the reports of manatee boat strikes, in order to sustain this progress.

NataliaCara
Published: February 19, 20195 plays$3.16 earned