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Galapagos sea lions are still in danger

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The report estimates the current population of sea lions on San Cristobal Island, one of the main centers of concentration of these mammals, 1,496 copies. The element of hope is that the figure is somewhat higher than the 1,398 that were counted in the 2011 census.

Throughout the archipelago is estimated that there could be between 14,000 and 16,000 sea lions, said the director of the Technical Unit of PNG in San Cristobal, Carlos Ortega, who cited a 2000 study. In Punta Carola, a couple of sea lions look distractedly swimmers and still snoozing on white sand and, beyond, another couple of copies playing in the water near the shore.

Tourists do not hide their surprise so close to the animals, which show no sign of concern, but a loud hiss to scare off those who get too close. That beach, near the center of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, is one of the favorite haunts of these animals, which can also be seen in Wreck Bay, San Cristobal Bay, along the boardwalk, concentrated to about 500 or 600 individuals , about 45% of the wolves on the island. Outside the city, Lobería is another beach frequented by wolves ("Zolophus wollebaekii"), which lie on the shore or on the black volcanic rocks.

Thanks to elcomercio.com for this article.