California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)
Swimming near shore off Bodega Head on 23 July 2012. Note the upturned snout and small ear flaps (pinnae) behind the eyes.
California Sea Lions (or lobo marino de California in Spanish) haul out on Bodega Rock. Their loud barking calls can be heard throughout the Bodega Head and Bodega Harbor area.
Here are two more views of California Sea Lions, both offshore during a boat trip to Cordell Bank and Bodega Canyon in October 2011.
This sea lion (on the right) was "porpoising" with a small group of Pacific White-sided Dolphins. Note the uniform brown appearance and the streamlined profile.