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P7240093Yay! We made it to the end of the challenge. This month has been a ton of fun. I’ve enjoyed meeting so many different bloggers and sharing my blog with you all. Make sure to come back on April 4th for the after party. Okay, on to today’s post.

Galapagos Sea Lions (zalophus wollebaeki) are everywhere on the islands. As soon as you get off the plane, there are sea lions lounging on the dock where the tour groups board their boats. Every beach is covered with them. When you go snorkeling, they want to play. My husband took the photo above when we were swimming around looking for turtles. This little guy swam around us blowing bubbles until we blew bubbles back. He seemed to find us hilarious. The sea lions are not afraid of tourists at all. As long as you don’t get too close to the breeding females, even the giant beach master males don’t mind if people walk around his stretch of the beach. In the photo below, you can see how close my youngest could get to this newborn pup. He still has his pale fuzzy lanugo. He would soon molt and have a slick dark brown coat like his mom. DSC02360 DSC_1751

Would you like to be part of Midge & Snig’s adventure in the Galapagos? Want to have your name (or any name you choose) in my next book? From now until the end of April, everyone who follows my blog, signs up for my newsletter, or leaves a comment, will be entered in a drawing for the chance to name the cruise ship featured in the book.

This post in part of the AtoZ Challenge. Please click on the sunflower AtoZ icon in the sidebar to go to the official list of participating blogs. This year my theme is the Galapagos Islands. I am in the process of writing the first of my Midge & Snig mystery series set in the islands. In my research, I have come across a plethora of interesting facts and images. The vast majority of my research won’t get included in the book, but it’s fun to share what I’ve learned with you all.