Footage shows sea lions performing high dives, riding giant waves

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A California whale-watching company has captured surreal footage showing sea lions diving from perches on a wooden dock.

“It happens once in a while if the time is right when we pass by them on the boat,” Kate Cummings, owner of Blue Ocean Whale Watch in Moss Landing, told FTW Outdoors. “It’s always a crowd pleaser with lots of cheering. I always stop the boat if it looks like you’re thinking of jumping.

The accompanying slow-motion footage is somewhat bizarre due to muffled cheers from the boat and the bellows of other sea lions gathered in the foreground, as if forming an audience.

Cummings’ video provides what appears to be an example of playful behavior and is reminiscent of extraordinary footage shared by FTW Outdoors in 2021 showing sea lions riding and jumping through massive waves near Santa Barbara Island.

This footage, captured by a documentary crew with Pacific Offshore Expeditions in Newport Beach, is posted below.

Ryan Lawler, owner of Pacific Offshore Expeditions, described what he witnessed as “an amazing time”.

Lawler added: “I had never seen this before on this island, which is well known for its sea lions. So we stood there for 20 minutes, watching and waiting for the sun to lift the fog. Then we dived [at another location] for about 90 minutes and came back, but all the sea lions were gone.

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