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Tui de Roy brings us fresh coverage featuring the extraordinary hunting techniques of a small group of Galapagos sea lions who’ve learned how to herd large yellow-fin tuna into a small lava cove, ultimately driving them ashore. This is mainly done by very old bulls who use this enormously rich food supply to fatten up in preparation for their beachmaster challenge during the breeding season. This behavior takes place several times a day at just two separate locations, attracting a whole retinue of other species to cash in on the bonanza, from frigate birds to crabs. Some very big sharks also partake, engaging in some pretty violent disputes with the sea lions to rob them of their catch. Tui tells us that she observed younger male sealions attempt to emulate their elders with little success - experience and cooperation among the older animals appears to be the only way to make these tricky hunting method work.
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) killing Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, after it was herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00573042 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) killing Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, after it was herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which it herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00573045 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which it herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which it herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00573037 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which it herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which it herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00573031 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which it herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which it herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00573038 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which it herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which it herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00573048 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which it herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) bull and young female feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which they herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Isla...
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00573041 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) bull and young female feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which they herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Isla...© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) bull feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which it has herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00573023 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) bull feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which it has herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) bull and young female feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which they herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Isla...
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00573026 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) bull and young female feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which they herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Isla...© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) bull and young female feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which they herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Isla...
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00573024 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) bull and young female feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which they herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Isla...© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) pair feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00574988 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) pair feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) hunting Shark (Carcharhinus sp), Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00575161 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) hunting Shark (Carcharhinus sp), Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) trio herding Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00573021 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) trio herding Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) bull feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which it has herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00573028 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) bull feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which it has herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) trio herding Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00573027 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) trio herding Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) pair herded into shallow water by Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki), Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00573033 Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) pair herded into shallow water by Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki), Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) herding Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00573034 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) herding Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) hunting Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares), Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00574987 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) hunting Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares), Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) pair hunting Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares), Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00574989 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) pair hunting Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares), Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) herding Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00573040 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) herding Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) herding Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00573035 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) herding Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) bull feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which it has herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00573044 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) bull feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which it has herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) trio feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which they have herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00573022 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) trio feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which they have herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) bull and young female feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which they herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Isla...
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00573025 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) bull and young female feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which they herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Isla...© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) bull feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which it has herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00573030 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) bull feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which it has herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) killing Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, after it was herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00573032 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) killing Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, after it was herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) pair feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which they have herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00573020 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) pair feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, which they have herded into shallow water, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Black-tip Shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) carcass, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00573036 Black-tip Shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) carcass, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor) stealing Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey from male Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki), Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00573043 Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor) stealing Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey from male Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki), Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) and Black-tip Shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) fighting over Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00573046 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) and Black-tip Shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) fighting over Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) prey, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) and Black-tip Shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) group hunting Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares), Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00573047 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) and Black-tip Shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) group hunting Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares), Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Dusky Chub (Girella freminvillei) school feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) carcass, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00573029 Dusky Chub (Girella freminvillei) school feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) carcass, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) juveniles and Sally Lightfoot Crabs (Grapsus grapsus) feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) carcass, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands,...
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00573039 Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) juveniles and Sally Lightfoot Crabs (Grapsus grapsus) feeding on Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) carcass, Punta Albemarle, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands,...© Tui De Roy
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