Last week, we talked about how a hotel in Brisbane, Australia has designated its fifth floor for female guests only. Australia seems to like keeping things gender exclusive even in the natural world, because apparently a male-only sea lion colony has popped up on the island of Carnac…and the creatures are exceptionally happy.
Nobody quite knows how it happened, but in this Australian paradise, a manly group of sea lions frolic around in the water and relax in the sand like happy-go-lucky dogs. They’re even known to greet their human visitors warmly, like wildlife photographer Tony Wu who has developed quite a bond with a youngster who loves doling out kisses usually reserved for other sea lions.
Wu was even able to swim with the lions, twisting and turning flips in the water as a means of really socializing and playing with them. Their girth and sharp teeth can be intimidating at first, but Wu likens the experience to playing underwater with a bunch of puppies.
Image: NOAA’s National Ocean Service/Flickr
We can’t help but think about the 2008 BBC article titled ‘Sex pest’ seal attacks penguin, in one of the most unintentionally funny news stories ever written. Scientists happened to catch a huge Antarctic fur seal trying to mate with a king penguin, saying “it was the behaviour of a frustrated, sexually inexperienced young male seal.” After a few unsuccessful attempts to mount the penguin, the seal reportedly “gave up, swam into the water and then completely ignored the bird it had just assaulted.” Boys will be boys.
Although this “frustration” doesn’t seem to be found on the Australian island, the sea lions are listed as an endangered species and their future is uncertain. Although we are fully supportive of these guys’ lifestyle choice, we do hope they’ll invite some women to their island once in a while, if only for procreations sake!