Sea Lion Photo Bomb


And here is an example of plastic entering the marine food web I had not thought of. BTW that’s a California Sea Lion but feel free to correct if this a mollusk specialist has this wrong.

Ooooh, Whats This Thingy Do? – Neatorama.

Dr. M (1729 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

3 comments on “Sea Lion Photo Bomb
  1. What if the seal planned on punking the dude by blowing into snorkel? Haha, it doesn’t look like it has any kind of purge valve…

  2. Gee! Sea Lions are pretty intelligent little guys. I think this one is perhaps mistaking the tube for a microphone and is simply trying to make a report on the local pollution problems. It doesn’t look anything like a fish. But then again, the sea lion may be considering a way to kill the large and colorful intruder to use as the main course in a community feast. They would, of course, unwrap the meal from it’s plastic packaging before consuming. That could cause a problem down the road a bit.

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