My college on the Galápagos is a single peach-colored building across the street from Playa Mann, a white-sand beach covered with sea lions. One day during a class break, I was strolling on the beach taking photos when a shadow blotted out the sun: a flock of magnificent frigatebirds was descending on me! I began filming and realized the birds were actually dive bombing a fresh sea-lion placenta.
This video shows the story of one pissed off mama sea lion and her newborn pup. If you were mobbed by a flock of black pirate birds, a sneaky brown pelican, an obnoxious male sea lion, and a swarm of tourists with cameras the day you gave birth, you’d probably be pissed off too!
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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">Nina Finley is a sophomore at The Ohio State University. She ventured to the Midwest from her hometown of Seattle, Washington to major in Animal Sciences and Evolution & Ecology. She would like to become a livestock vet or marine biologist. When she’s not studying, Nina loves to play ultimate frisbee, watch birds and raise meat rabbits. She’s passionate about agriculture, nature and Spanish, all of which she hopes to explore in Ecuador. Join the journey as Nina traces Darwin’s path and explores the natural wonders of the Galapagos Islands!</span></p>