Tourist and sea lion share a shady spot for a nap in the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are one of the most incredible places on the planet. Their diverse wildlife and plants make this the islands an adventure for nature lovers of all types. One of the most amazing creatures here is the sea lion. Playful, funny, animated, and fascinating, they are everywhere on some islands. They populate many beaches and rocky shores, coming inland each day to nap in the sun. For some reason, they particularly like to lie on the benches and tables. It's hard to find a spot to sit down that hasn't already been claimed by one of these hilarious creatures.

Cameron, a visitor from Canada was on a hiking tour along the beach on Isabela Island in the Galapagos. It was a hot day and the sun was beating down. When he found a shady spot to rest, he wasn't surprised to see a large, female sea lion had also picked this little shelter from the sun. Cameron quietly walked to the empty beach beside his new friend and lay down. The sea lion didn't object a bit and she barely opened her eyes. As if completely used to sharing the shade with humans, she continued to snore away.

After a brief rest, Cameron opened his eyes, looked over at the sea lion and said goodbye. He was up and away, rejoining his tour. The sea lion obviously had less on its agenda and it continued to sleep.

Sea lions, often referred to as "sea dogs" are very endearing animals that resemble dogs in their personality. Adorably clumsy on land, but quick and graceful underwater, they are a joy too behold. Tourists enjoy taking selfies and filming and photographing the sea lions, but the law and the expectation here is that a 2m (6 foot) distance be maintained whenever possible in order to respect the animals and to remain safe.

Sea lions often lie on paths and walkways, sleeping soundly as tourists carefully step over and around them. They claim parked boats, trucks, and almost any flat surface as their own when it is nap time. And for sea lions in the Galapagos, almost any time is nap time!