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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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:iconpretty-planet:
Pretty-Planet Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Poor baby!  I really hope he made it....
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:iconaussiekiwi:
AussieKiwi Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Awesome photo
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:iconmrc-imagery:
MRC-Imagery Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
As has been said, great story and photo!
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:iconromylyn:
Romylyn Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Stunning photo ♥
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:iconnikalim:
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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:iconpaulbrozenich:
PaulBrozenich Featured By Owner May 9, 2013   Photographer
Thank you so much! :wave:
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:iconheidi-v-art:
Heidi-V-Art Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
So adorable! :aww:
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:iconpaulbrozenich:
PaulBrozenich Featured By Owner May 9, 2013   Photographer
Yeah he was pretty cute :)
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:iconjackiestarsister:
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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:iconpaulbrozenich:
PaulBrozenich Featured By Owner May 9, 2013   Photographer
Thank you!

Just trying to raise some awareness in case others happen to come across a stranded sea mammal :)
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puffugu Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student General Artist
So cute, nice story! Thanks for the info, too.^ ^
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:iconpaulbrozenich:
PaulBrozenich Featured By Owner May 9, 2013   Photographer
Thanks! :wave:
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:iconpuffugu:
puffugu Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student General Artist
No problem!
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ASHURII-sgtfunkytown Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing shot and its good that you and your girlfriend helped get him rescued :)
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:iconpaulbrozenich:
PaulBrozenich Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013   Photographer
Aww thank you! :) We had to do something after seeing how distressed he looked. There were other people there that weren't doing anything!
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Lupina24 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is an amazing picture with a wonderful story behind it. I wish more (wildlife) photographers would show the same level of consideration or concern you did.
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:iconpaulbrozenich:
PaulBrozenich Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013   Photographer
:aww: Thank you for the lovely comment :wave:

Overall I wish more people had consideration for the nature around them. There were a couple of other people on the beach that day and they weren't doing anything to help. I'm glad we were able to call it in and I hope the authorities were able to rescue him :)
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Scooby777 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awh...wonderful capture! I hope the little guy made it!
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:iconpaulbrozenich:
PaulBrozenich Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013   Photographer
Thanks so much! I hope so too :)
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:iconscooby777:
Scooby777 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Your welcome!
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Bambiiie Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A really beautiful shot. :) When I first saw this I thought of a selkie.
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:iconpaulbrozenich:
PaulBrozenich Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013   Photographer
Thank you! :wave:
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:iconmailn6:
mailn6 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Love this shot - so emotional. Glad to hear that the sea lions are okay.
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:iconpaulbrozenich:
PaulBrozenich Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013   Photographer
Hey, mailn! Thanks dude :wave:
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:iconmailn6:
mailn6 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student General Artist
:)
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ANGELCROFTCOSPLAY Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
aww sweet x
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:iconpaulbrozenich:
PaulBrozenich Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013   Photographer
:) Thanks
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barcon53 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
It's a lovely capture, and a heartwarming story. I'm glad you did what you needed to do. Hope it turned out well for the little seal!
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:iconpaulbrozenich:
PaulBrozenich Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013   Photographer
Thanks! There were maybe 1 or 2 other people on the beach that weren't doing anything so we took it upon ourselves to help. I'm hoping he made a speedy recovery :)
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barcon53 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Me too!
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:iconpaulbrozenich:
PaulBrozenich Featured By Owner May 9, 2013   Photographer
:)
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JenFD Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I was reading about this the other day... about how these pups are appearing on the shores up and down the SoCal coast, including Laguna Beach. Happy to hear you guys called in about the sea lion.

And of course, great image! haha
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:iconpaulbrozenich:
PaulBrozenich Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013   Photographer
Yeah, I wished we could have done more and I'm hoping he/she was able to make a speedy recovery. I guess this happens each year.

Glad you like the image, and thanks for commenting! :wave:
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TomKilbane Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
good point!
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Magnificent work! :aww:
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:iconpaulbrozenich:
PaulBrozenich Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013   Photographer
Thanks! :)
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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LindelCaine Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Wonderful image and text. Beautiful,... and I hope the little guy was okay in the end.
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:iconpaulbrozenich:
PaulBrozenich Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013   Photographer
Thanks so much! I'm hopeful he was able to have a nice warm night on the beach and then was rescued or made a healthy recovery :)
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:iconpanosps:
PanosPS Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Beautiful!!!! :)
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:iconpaulbrozenich:
PaulBrozenich Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013   Photographer
Thanks! :)
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:iconbokaier:
BoKaier Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Dog mermaid!
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:iconpaulbrozenich:
PaulBrozenich Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013   Photographer
Wish I had a :pokeball: with me!
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Vespertine420 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Poor Lil guy, he just wants to have a good life out in the sea. He was just taking a break, he was about to go back. I know he will be fine.

I love how the water is positioned diagonally across the picture. Great job
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:iconpaulbrozenich:
PaulBrozenich Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013   Photographer
Yeah I'm sure he made it out ok :)

Thanks! :heart:
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Syagria Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwwwww, yay :)
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:iconpaulbrozenich:
PaulBrozenich Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013   Photographer
Yeah, he was so cute! :happybounce:
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desitomcruise Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
OMG he/she looks so cute, but they are wild animals - they will defend themselves if approached or touched
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:iconpaulbrozenich:
PaulBrozenich Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013   Photographer
Yeah, it was super cute! I hope the authorities were able to help.
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