Since leaving Ipswich in April 2008, Trish and I have had
many a night’s sleep disturbed by high winds, rolly anchorages, noisy
ports and marinas and even
on one occasion our anchor dragging.
But a visit to San Cristobel gives the tired mariner another
more unusual problem to contend with......... Sea Lions.
As can be seen from our earlier Blog they sleep just about
anywhere they please and love to jump up on boats and dinghy’s.
We were up two or three times the first night shooing them
off our transom before we learnt to block their path with fenders and buckets.
Even then one or two youngsters would jump up and look for a
way to climb higher onto the back of the boat.
But last night...............a very young Sea Lion probably
no more than a few months old found its way up on to the stern platform and
on to the deck and into the cockpit and when found by Trish
just before midnight was fast asleep on one of the cockpit cushions, only
disturbed by the flash of the camera and even then
didn’t bother to get up.
Trish was woken up by the sea lion jumping into the cockpit
(I was not) and got up and took some photographs but her motherly
instincts would not allow her to disturb the seal and she returned
to bed and left it to sleep.....Until.....the frantic mother arrived
looking for her pup and jumped up onto the transom bellowing
her annoyance...this did wake me up wondering what the noise
was all about to be told by Trish that there was a sea lion
pup asleep in the cockpit and its Mum was looking for it. I didn’t
and told her to go back to sleep. Eventually she convinced
me that there REALLY was a sea lion pup asleep in the cockpit and perhaps
we should reunite it with its angry mum.
With Chris’s help we succeeded in moving it on the
cockpit cushion bit it did not want to leave its comfy spot.
There was no alternative but to take a more forceful
approach but all it did was to move from the cushion to my dive wetsuit
and needed still more encouragement before we eventually got
it off the back of the boat and into the water.
We returned to bed and lay awake worrying if it had found