This is my entry for the One Word Photo Challenge, this week’s theme is SEAFOAM. Check out Jennifer Nicole Wells site to view other entries for this theme, which is actually based on the color, seafoam. I’ve interpreted it slightly differently. This seal lives in the Galapagos Islands. Let me correct myself here. I always mistakenly call it a seal; this is a sea lion, not a seal, and lives and breeds exclusively in Galapagos. What–you may wonder–is the difference between a seal and a sea lion? Well, according to the National Ocean Service, this: “Sea lions are brown, bark loudly, “walk” on land using their large flippers and have visible ear flaps. Seals have small flippers, wriggle on their bellies on land, and lack visible ear flaps.”
There’s a larger story to this photo because this sea lion and his buddy had just been attacked by a killer whale. This lucky creature narrowly escaped the sharp teeth of doom. But his buddy did not. While that little drama in the world was going down, I was fumbling with my camera and trying not to pee my pants. I missed the shot of tragedy in everyday life here, and you can only see a small portion of the remaining sea foam created by that event, but you can almost see the emotion on the sea lion’s face: is it fear, or gratitude, or sorrow? Makes you wonder if animals just might be more sentient than we imagine.