National Geographic : 1978 Sep
Nature sets abountiful table in the Gala pagos for thousands of sea lions. Lunch over, a female ignores a school of grunts while cruising off Floreana (above). Born singly, pups live charmed lives of nursing, playing, and sleeping (below). Sea lions are endearingly approachable by the boat loads of day visitors that tour their beaches-all but dominant males. During mating season they jealously protect terri tories containing as many as 30 cows from other bulls and humans alike.