Woke up: Ensenada Grande, Isle Partido, Mexico
Went to sleep: Ensenada Grande, Isle Partido, Mexico
Swimming with the Sea Lions @ Los Islotes
Half a mile off the northwest tip of Isle Partida is a sea lion rookery atop a rocky islet known as Los Islotes. The rocky islet is steep-to with depths of 60 feet on the south side.
John was kind enough to raise anchor and take all of us aboard Alley Oop to Los Islotes, about an hour away.
Jake and I snorkeled while the rest were outfitted in dive gear. There were 100s of sea lions all around us. The babies wanted to play. They would brush their bodies alongside your body or tickle your face with their whiskers. They raced toward you as if they were going to ram you and just before impact they darted away. Sometimes they nipped your arm or your leg with their mouth.
John had his Go Pro fastened around his head like a head lamp. One of the baby sea lions took it off his head, played with it for a while and gave it back.
After a few hours of swimming with the sea lions we had a snack in the cockpit of Alley Oop, pulled anchor and motored home for a long nap.