Canon EOS 5D II; Canon EF 200-400mm @ 200mm; handheld; RAW capture: f/9 @ 1/250 sec, ISO 100; Auto exposure, TV mode; Partial metering; Auto WB
The juvenile Stellar Sea Lions (Eumetopias jubatus), reacting to the adults alarm call, begin to dive into the bay to evade the perceived danger voiced by the adults. It was amazing to see how many juveniles, previously hidden behind the rocky precipice, were in the colony. It was like watching lemmings throw themselves off a cliff. Astonishing! It went on for quite a few minutes.The seals have a nictitating membrane which covers their eyes when they enter the sea. The two lowest diving seals eyes are distinctly covered by these membranes as compared to the other members of the colony.