31 July 2012
The marine photographer, Michael O'Neill, captured some unforgettable moments with playful sea lions under water. They can be seen as quite friendly, cute creatures that are so curious about the changes occurring around them.
The 45-year-old, Michael O' Neil who is a professional wildlife life photographer narrated his wonderful experience with more than 40 sea lions that surrounded him immediately when he dived into the sea; a bull took certain rounds around him to confirm if he is not a threat to them. After peaceful observation and declaring Michael as harmless creature, they came up making cutest and lovely poses to the lens and shared a real fun time with camera.
Sharing his memorable experience with these beautiful marine life habitats, Michael O' Neil said: 'The pups were mostly playing in the shallows and the adults were basking in the sun, which had been absent for days. The minute I jumped into the water from a boat, all the pups raced towards me - they were followed by a big bull that made a few passes to check me out. All of the animals, including the bull, were friendly and were mesmerized by my underwater camera. The pups played and chased each other, picking up rocks and dropping them and occasionally blowing bubbles. They followed me around for about two hours before they started to lose interest and swam away towards the beach.'
Michael took these stunning images at South Australia's Hopkins Island near Port Lincoln. About Australian sea and his mesmerizing experience with sea lions, he further shared: 'I think the Australian sea lion is the most adorable wild animal on the planet. I love how engaged they were while I took the photos. I have to say it was the most rewarding experience I've had as a professional photographer. Some of these shots are my all-time favorites. I had been to Hopkins Island two times before but that day I had all the sea lions just for myself.'
The sea lions specie is said to be highly endangered besides its hunting made illegal for last 40 years. Michael plans to share his in depth research and photography on marine animals in his up coming book this year.
Source: The Dailymail
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