Special edition of the factual series about pets. Rory meets Zoe and Dasha. They find out about sea lions and visit a special bay where they swim with sea lion pups.
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-Hello. I'm Fern.
-And I'm Rory. And we are in the Galapagos Islands.
We have come from the UK,
across the Atlantic Ocean to this incredible group of islands
just off the coast of Ecuador in South America.
We've come to this special place to meet local children
and find out about the awesome animals that live here.
It's very exciting. What are your plans?
I'm off to meet some super-cool sea creatures with Zoe and Dasha.
-You can come with me. Let's go.
-Have fun. See you.
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# Some keep very still Some are always in a hurry
# Some have four paws
# Some have sharp claws
-# Some quack
-# Some purr
-# Some grunt
# Some cock-a-doodle-doo
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I'm on the island of San Cristobal,
which is the capital of the Galapagos Islands,
to meet Zoe, Dasha and their dad, Juan.
Let's go. Vamos.
-Hola, Zoe. Hola, Dasha.
-And you must be Dad. Hola.
-Hola, Rory. Como estas?
What a beautiful island you guys live on.
It's amazing. And humans are not the only ones that live here, are they?
Sea lions live in the town, too.
Yes, of course they do.
Wow! I have never seen a sea lion so close and it's in town as well.
That is absolutely amazing.
'Sea lions and people on this island live peacefully side-by-side.'
So how do you say "sea lion" in Spanish?
Now that means "wolf of the sea", right?
Do you find Galapagos sea lions only in San Cristobal
-or all over the place?
-Sea lions live all over Galapagos.
In San Cristobal but on the other islands, too.
-They are very cool. A very special animal, right?
I like them a lot.
Sea lions are one of the largest animals found here in the Galapagos.
They're also one of the most famous.
That's because there's so many of them but also because
they're very friendly.
How else would you describe the sea lions? What are they like?
They like sleeping.
They lie on the street.
They do lie on the street. They lie on the benches.
They lie around near the trees.
They love relaxing, sunbathing, having a nice time.
-They are playful.
They are playing more in the sea.
-So when you swim, do you swim with them?
-And they play?
-They are very noisy.
-Yes, they are very noisy, aren't they?
THEY MIMIC A SEA LION
THE SEA LION BARKS
Just like that. And you.
THEY KEEP DOING SEA LION IMPRESSIONS
So, they are playful and friendly, anything else?
They are swimming very fast.
Yes. And what about on land?
They walk quite funny, don't they?
-THE GIRLS LAUGH
The sea lions are very friendly but we have to remember they're wild
-animals and not pets, isn't that right?
Wild animals like sea lions can be a bit unpredictable.
It's important to give them plenty of space and not to touch them.
That can interfere with their scent
and we know how important sense of smell is for some animals.
'Zoe and Dasha's dad is a ranger here on San Cristobal
'and it's his job to help protect the sea lions on the island.'
So, the town is not the only place you can see sea lions, is it?
-They love the beach.
of course they do and you guys have some beautiful beaches here,
-Yes. Go to the beach, Rory.
-Great idea and we can see more sea lions.
But before we do, Fern,
can you give us some cool facts
about our super chilled out sea lion friends here?
Of course, Rory.
The Galapagos sea lion can only be found on the Galapagos Islands
and in smaller numbers in a place called Isla de la Plata
in the country Ecuador.
They mainly eat fish and they can live for over 20 years,
but the females tend to live longer than the males.
The Galapagos sea lion has strong front and back flippers
that can turn to face forward.
These special flippers allow them to walk on land and glide gracefully
through the water.
On land, sea lions prefer sandy or rocky, flat beaches,
because there's plenty of shade,
tide pools to keep cool and it's easy for them to get in and out
of calm water.
The Galapagos sea lions like to group together to form
what's known as a colony.
There will only be one adult male within the group and he will be the
head of the colony. They love to group together so much that they
will even pack together when there is plenty of space around them.
My pet and me!
We've come to the beach to get a look at the Galapagos sea lions
and find out more about these amazing animals.
-There are lots of them here.
-Yes, they really like this beach.
I can see that and they're very close to the people here,
-Oh, it's amazing.
Let's go and have a seat and watch them. Come on.
Look at how close we are to the sea lions. They're very relaxed.
What are they up to?
It seems like they are always sleeping, doesn't it?
They are so relaxed here. What a great life.
-What do you like about the sea lions?
They do have huge big whiskers.
They're lovely. They use them to feel what's around them
-and to find food in the sea.
-I like their little ears.
Little tiny ears, look at them. They're so cute.
And they can turn that tiny ear flap to help stop the sea water
going into their ears.
My ears look quite big compared to them.
-And what else do you like about them?
-They have big flippers.
Yes, let's see your big flippers.
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Amigas, can you see the babies over there?
-They're playing with each other. Oh!
-Oh, so cute.
-They are lovely.
-How can you tell it is a baby?
-They are very small.
-What else is different about the babies
-compared to the adults?
-Yes, that's right.
When the babies are very small, they have long,
dark fur, but when they get to five months,
they moult that out and they have their adult coat on.
Just like this one. Look, the coat is much shorter.
-Here she comes.
-THEY MAKE SEA LION NOISES
Oh, amigas, she is so noisy.
-Who is she speaking to?
Yes, she was calling to her baby.
And look, she's having a feed now.
What do the babies drink?
Leche. Leche is the Spanish word for milk and it can take up to three
years for a mother sea lion to raise her baby sea lion.
That's why you can see lots of different sizes of baby
around the beach, from very small to quite big like this one here.
The pups drink milk, but what do the adults eat?
-Yes, absolutely right.
They go out to sea to go and catch fish.
Shall we see if we can see any swimming out there?
Oh, yeah, look.
Four, five, six, seven,
-SEA LIONS BARK
Wow. The sea lions are very good swimmers.
They're not so good on land, though, are they? They're a bit clumsy.
SEA LIONS BARK
But in the water, wow.
Who is that big guy making all that noise?
-Yes, it's the alpha male.
Dasha, how can you tell it's the alpha male?
The alpha male is very big and has the crest.
The alpha male is the biggest and strongest male.
He looks after a group of 20 to 25 females.
He has that raised forehead to protect his head when gets into
fights with other males, trying to look after that group of females.
Am I right this thinking that these sea lions are a protected species?
-And what sort of dangers do they face?
The fishermen and the boat propellers.
Of course, the fishing lines can get caught in their skin and hurt them
and the boat propellers, they can hit their flippers on them
-and be injured.
-What about if they get ill?
-We help them.
-How do you help them?
-Protected areas on the sea and in the beach.
That's great because they need both the beach to relax and stay cool and
-have a great time and the sea to feed and go and catch fish.
'I can see that some of the sea lions are tagged so they can keep
'count of them and they can make sure there is plenty of food for
'them to eat by stopping people fishing too much around the islands
'and your dad helps to do all of that.'
-Look at them relaxing. I could watch these guys all day.
-I love the sea lions.
-Oh, I love them as well.
-My pet and me!
These sea lions look very chilled out relaxing on the beach.
-Yeah, they are sleeping.
I wonder what sea lions would dream about?
If they could do anything, what do you think they'd do?
If a sea lion could do anything,
they would go ice-skating.
They would have a great time
doing twists and twirls around the ice rink.
They would be the best ice-skaters
in the world.
We've had great time watching the sea lions on the beach
but the best place to see them is in the water.
Zoe and Dasha are going to take me to their favourite snorkelling spot.
-I'm so excited.
-Come on Rory, come on.
BOAT HORN TOOTS
Look, sea lion.
Oh, yes, look, he's sunbathing on the boat.
-Hola, lobo marino, hola.
I can't wait to snorkel with the sea lions.
-What will they be like in the water?
-They will swim with us.
That sounds very exciting.
-I think we're almost there, so we should go and get ready.
It is beautiful.
I can't wait it get in there. It looks amazing.
We need to check that we have everything.
First, mask and snorkel and flippers.
And wet suits.
-It looks like we've got everything. Let's go, vamos.
Let's go find some sea lions.
I can't believe how friendly they are, this is awesome.
-They're very playful, Rory.
-Yes, they really are
and I can't believe how close they're coming to us, it's so fun.
They're very clumsy on land,
but in the water they're so graceful and fast, zooming through.
Yes, they have very special flippers.
Just like us.
They have two very powerful flippers at the front which help them move
through the water quickly and two flippers at the back
which help them to steer. They can manoeuvre and move around.
Galapagos sea lions are incredible divers.
They can dive a long way down,
which means holding their breath for a long time.
Now that is impressive.
Did you see that?
That's just amazing, look at them spin through the water.
Snorkelling with sea lions is the most fun I've ever had.
I've had an awesome time learning about the sea lions with you guys.
-thank you very much, Zoe and Dasha.
-You're welcome, Rory.
My pet and me!
-What a view.
-I know, isn't it incredible? How was your day?
It was brilliant.
We spent a day with the sea lions and even went snorkelling with them.
-That must have been awesome to have been so close to them.
I feel so lucky. Zoe and Dasha taught me so much about sea lions
-and what the people are doing to protect them.
-That is fantastic.
The Galapagos Islands is such an incredible place.
We love sharing our animal adventures with you.
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Rory meets Zoe and her big sister Dasha. They find out about the local sea lions that share the beaches and the seas with the local people. Later on they take Rory to a special bay where they swim with sea lion pups.