It was very strange being in an area where humans do not have control. We were not able to make it to the actual island due to the waves, but we spent most of the time in the area of the park which is inhabited by elephant sea lions. I think that part was closed off to humans; you could only enter with a tour guide. It was so strange; the sea lions controlled this portion of the park. Humans had to move out of the way for them, and when there was a sea lion in the way, there wasn't much we could do about it. We did not have much control, and it was strange to move from such a controlled environment, like san francisco, towards an area where humans are just part of the landscape. When i was standing in front of the sea lions, I felt like I was existing thousands of years ago, before civilization. All I could see was these collasus animals, and the mountains in the backdrop. There was no trace of civilization aside from us and our zodiac raft.
It was great to have Michelle answering our questions about the sea lions as well. It was like our own real life episode of animal planet. We would watch the sea lions interact with one another, and then she would explain to us what they were doing.
And the baby sea lions are the cutest things I've ever seen!