Epic Battle for a Sea Lion Placenta (video blog)

Nina Finley
November 27, 2013

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!

Nina Finley

<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 &amp; Ecology. She would like to become a livestock vet or marine biologist. When she&rsquo;s not studying, Nina loves to play ultimate frisbee, watch birds and raise meat rabbits. She&rsquo;s passionate about agriculture, nature and Spanish, all of which she hopes to explore in Ecuador. Join the journey as Nina traces Darwin&rsquo;s path and explores the natural wonders of the Galapagos Islands!</span></p>

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