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Alone at La Piedra by PaulBrozenich Alone at La Piedra by PaulBrozenich
An exhausted juvenile sea lion rests on the beach for warmth.

My girlfriend and I set out to photograph some seascapes this past weekend, and unexpectedly ran into this little guy/gal at La Piedra State Beach, Malibu CA.

After snapping a few quick shots we left to inform the life guard on duty at Point Dume, who promptly called Animal control. After we got home that night we found the number and called ourselves. The woman we spoke with was grateful that we called it in; she was just returning from San Pedro where she had rescued 30 more! Apparently the pups are born in July-August 2012 and by now (Feb 2013) are in the process of weaning from their mothers. When they can't find food, they come to shore at isolated beaches to rest. Apparently they exhibit this behavior when they're exhausted, and cold from swimming.

I hope this little one stayed warm on the beach that night, and was able to be rescued! If you should come across a stranded sea mammal be sure not to touch it or attempt to put water on it. As cute as they appear they're wild animals that are unpredictable and may bite if they feel threatened. Call animal control as soon as you can to report it.
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Pretty-Planet Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Poor baby!  I really hope he made it....
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AussieKiwi Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Awesome photo
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MRC-Imagery Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
As has been said, great story and photo!
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Romylyn Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Stunning photo ♥
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NikaLim Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
WOW! Amazing!
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Ghislaine-L Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
stunning photography :heart:
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PaulBrozenich Featured By Owner May 9, 2013   Photographer
Thank you so much! :wave:
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Heidi-V-Art Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
So adorable! :aww:
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PaulBrozenich Featured By Owner May 9, 2013   Photographer
Yeah he was pretty cute :)
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JackieStarSister Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I like the composition of this picture. Thanks for sharing your story too. :)
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