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chunky dog, with a solid mass of a spindle-shaped body. They’re the most seal-like of the sealions, the long, rounded snout, long body and (for a sealion) shortish back flippers somewhat reminiscent in build and character of the grey seals I used to see back in the UK. Australian sealions are more solid-bodied and less snake-hipped than most sealions. But a quick beat of those big fore flippers and it’s suddenly very clear that this is a sealion. Like other sealions, these animals are active, fast, curious denizens of the near-surface. The slightly downturned eyes, tiny ears and rounded snouts make them perhaps the cutest and most cartoonish of the sealions. I’ve been lucky enough to dive and snorkel with Australian sealions several times over the last decade. These dives have always been as part of another trip, on a couple of occasions as part of a south Australian diving road trip (I live just north of Sydney), and once as part of a liveaboard trip to dive with great whites. Starting point for these dives has been Port Lincoln, and from there a couple of hours out to tiny Hopkins Island, or a little further to Kangaroo Island, Australia’s third-largest island. These are two of the roughly fifty islands dotted around the south and southwest of Australia that each support a small colony of these fabulous beasties.
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