Newsflash: Young Sea Lion Yawns!


What’s Lazier Than A Young Sea Lion? An Old Sea Lion.

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Point Labatt Conservation Area is located in the greater Streaky Bay region in South Australia. Home to the only sea lion colony on the mainland, the coastline is wild with 50 metre high cliffs and angry seas.

However Point Labatt is well protected in comparison to the adjacent shoreline. A perfect place for them to breed and have a rest. If you were a sea lion, you’d probably be happy to hang out here too.

Sea Lion Viewing Platform, Point Labatt South Australia
Sea lion viewing platform.





Rugged Cliffs, Point Labatt South Australia
Rugged coastline. Point Labatt affords protection for the sea lion colony.

And sea lions are good at resting. Very good… in fact, we didn’t see them do much else! Whether you’re young, old or somewhere in between, lying still and pretending to be dead is clearly a favourite pastime.

Sea Lion Colony Point Labatt South Australia
Sea Lion Colony Point Labatt South Australia
Sea Lion Colony Point Labatt South Australia
Sea Lion Colony Point Labatt South Australia
Sea Lion Colony Point Labatt South Australia
Sea Lion Colony Point Labatt South Australia
Sea Lion Colony Point Labatt South Australia
The local birdlife has also learnt how to chill out…


Rare “Action” Shots

Come to think of it, sea lions are the laziest creatures I’ve ever seen – they are like giant slugs. These photos are rare action shots!! Most of them were lying on their backs or sides sunning themselves. Every now and then one would get up, walk a couple of steps then flop down again. Very funny to watch.

Sea Lion Colony Point Labatt South Australia
Seconds later, this one was lying prone on the rocks again. The exertion was just too much!
Sea Lion Colony Point Labatt South Australia
A big yawn is considered to be exercise around here.





Sea Lion Colony Point Labatt South Australia
Sea Lion Colony Point Labatt South Australia
A young sea lion cooling off in a rock pool.

The next 3 photos were the most dramatic sequence we witnessed. Mr Sea Lion moved about 2 metres towards Mrs Sea Lion, touched noses, then roared into her face with his fishy breath. He’s such a romantic…

Sea Lion Colony Point Labatt South Australia





Sea Lion Colony Point Labatt South Australia
Sea Lion Colony Point Labatt South Australia


Sea lions are comical and rather entertaining to observe – despite the apparent lack of movement. They come here to breed and rest. It’s hard to believe they’re graceful swimmers. Clearly they are built to swim, not walk!

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