I know you shouldn’t play favorites but if I had to name the one animal I love most on this planet, I think it would have to be the Sea Lion – big call I know but hey, they’re adorable!
So, for me splashing about in the shallows with this cheeky bunch brought on a whole new level of excitement and I just can’t wait to tell you all about it!
During our most recent trip to South Australia, we took to the water with Adventure Bay Charters in Port Lincoln, which is a large town located on the very tip of the Eyre Peninsula and is one of the few locations in the world which can offer this sort of an encounter.
Our half day tour started reasonably early (yet not quite as early as the Shark Diving) and by 8am we were on the water for a 90 min cruise to the beautiful Seal Cove.
Upon arrival into the little bay we could spot the Sea Lions on the shore, playfully running towards the ocean.
They were ready for us!
As soon as we were anchored, I moved like lightening and was the first in the water.
We had 1 hour to spend with the Sea Lions and I was so sure it would disappear in the blink of an eye, so was keen to make the most of it.
To my delight, there were already 3 pups in the water waiting for me and as soon as I got close, they began their dance!
On a side note, prepare to be cold if you want to swim in nothing but your kinis!
The water was icy but it was only Spring after all.
Adventure Bay encourages guests to wear their thick onboard wetsuits which will keep you toasty warm in the water but the wetty made me far too buoyant and I couldn’t dive down properly to swim around with the Sea Lions and take photos, so after five minutes, I stripped off and braved the cold!
By the end of the hour every body on the boat was down to their togs and when we did finally emerge from the water, Matt and I resembled a couple of trembling blueberries. Totally worth it!
Lucky the crew had hot chocolates and fresh toasties ready and waiting to warm us up! Also did I mention there is a hot shower onboard!
Australian Sea Lions are one of the rarest species on earth with 85% of their population living right here in South Australia.
They come to Seal Bay for a relaxing spell after hunting in the open ocean. Here they can be carefree and frolic in the shallow waters, as they are safe from any would be predators like the Great White Shark –
Fun fact: The Great White is not a threat to them (or us) here at Seal Bay as they don’t like to hunt in shallow waters.
These curious characters are as playful as you can imagine, and the more we interacted with them the more excited they got. They did sommersalts, flips, jumps and twirls around us in the water and mimicked my own actions as if to poke fun.
The Australian Sea Lion is a truely remarkable creature and they really are the puppies of the sea.
Don’t believe me…well you will just have to check them out for yourself!
So even though I didn’t defrost for a couple of days after my swim with the Sea Lions this was still one of the highlights of my entire year and I would do anything to go back and relive the whole experience again!
Thanks for having us Adventure Bay Charters, it was everything we had dreamed of and more!