One of the most iconic animals of The Galapagos Islands are probably the Galapagos Sea Lions (Zalophus wollebaeki). These playful, adorable, and abundant mammals can be found on the coastline, on piers and boardwalks, and swimming all throughout the ocean searching for delicious fish to eat. Their odd barking sound can be heard throughout the day, and is loudest when there are plenty of impossibly-cute sea lion babies looking for their mothers on the crowded beach. So when is the best time to see sea lion pups in the Galapagos?
Though some pups can be found year round on various islands, the peak period for sea lions to give birth is in August, September, and October. Mothers can be seen nursing new babies that barely have their eyes open, or watching over slightly older pups that tussle and play in the sand or in the water. Witnessing these babies is an incredible experience, that often allows for awesome photoshoots if you have your telephoto lens along. The good news is, even if you come a bit later in the season these pups will just be a bit older and can be seen more actively moving about with the adults.
Though it is important to remember to be responsible with wildlife and always keep a respectable distance from any sea lion, they can easily be observed on the beach, and will sometimes playfully swim around you while you snorkel!
Our guides with Galapagos Renaissance can take you to amazing places to see playful sea lions, and will tell you many more interesting facts about these incredible animals. No matter the season you choose, we would be happy to guide you on your next ecotourism vacation.