Norris wrote:Here is an example of what I was talking about.
Yeah, that video definitely gives me the willies...
Seem to be two opposite schools of thought
on the Sea Lions: 1) Sea Lions are awesome and fun!
I love swimming with them!! It is amazing and don't worry!! What could go wrong?!? 2) Sea Lions are TERRIFYING
and don't you realize you are in mortal danger when you're with them!?! Are you crazy!?!? You're lucky to be alive!My take is kind of a hybrid of the two:
Sea Lions are
very LARGE mammals with lots of sharp teeth. They are wild, and are not "your puppy doggy". You are not "one with the force" and don't "have a special connection" with them. Seriously?! Are you stupid?!
They are WAY stronger than you are, you are in their
element, and they could squash you like a bug if they so desired. I am very
happy that for the most part they do not so desire! Be cautious when you dive with them, realize it is a risk, don't punch them or piss them off, and realize you are
taking a risk. (I could insert the first hand accounts I've heard from folks of harrowing encounters, as well as a few of my own, but for space's sake I will not!)
If you're really uncomfortable around them don't do the Hornby Island dive or don't find the rocks around Tatoosh where the big bull and his harem are hanging out and go exploring. If one finds you randomly don't worry too much, just be aware. They are curious, very dog like, and for the most part are just a joy to see and experience. And pray you don't get the cranky one that hates divers.
That is all. YMMV.