January 21, 2016

A Mossy Bed

Photograph by Jacob Anderson, National Geographic Your Shot

Endangered New Zealand sea lions are often found in the rata forests of their home nation’s Auckland Islands. Thanks to myriad threats—climate stress, disease, and fishing hazards—their population is significantly down from historical levels. Your Shot member Jacob Anderson came across this animal near Ranui Cove on the northeast coast of Auckland Island. True to the species’ reputation of being bold around humans, the sea lion was unbothered while lounging on a rich bed of green moss.

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7 comments
Kenneth Pino
Kenneth Pino

I wish we were more compassionate when come's to preserving out Animal's, I relly mean that Our Animals, our Family.

M. Borat
M. Borat

I don't think it was "unbothered"; i think it was just too comfortable.

Hermann Walter Roeder
Hermann Walter Roeder

A wonderful photo as to colors, composition and it's also very instructive: I have never seen a sealion (or is it a seal?) in something that looks like a jungle.

Beautiful.

M. Pal
M. Pal

I have always seen sea-lion pics on ice, never knew they could be found in forests too. 

Great shot and informative too :)

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