Cyclops the Strange-Eyed California Sea Lion

In December I spent a day diving the Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado), Baja California in Mexico, home to one of the better California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus) rookeries within a reasonable drive. The water was off-color so I did not make any beautiful images but I did encounter Cyclops the strange-eyed sea lion. This little guy (gal?) was a pup of the year, old enough to have the courage to meet divers and young enough to be playful and inquisitive. His clear white eyes, with just a hint of pale purple tint, were unlike any pinniped’s eyes I have ever seen before or since. His actions and movement through the water suggested his vision was good. I have no idea what led to his eyes being like this, but I hope they are fine and he has a long successful life since I would like to see and photograph him again. If you love sea lions as much as I do, check out my best images of California sea lions. Cheers and thanks for looking!

California sea lion with strange eyes, Coronados Islands, Baja California, Mexico, Zalophus californianus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)

California sea lion with strange eyes, Coronados Islands, Baja California, Mexico
Image ID: 35052
Species: California Sea Lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado), Baja California, Mexico

California sea lion, Coronados Islands, Baja California, Mexico, Zalophus californianus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)

California sea lion, Coronados Islands, Baja California, Mexico
Image ID: 35053
Species: California Sea Lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado), Baja California, Mexico

California sea lion, Coronados Islands, Baja California, Mexico, Zalophus californianus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)

California sea lion, Coronados Islands, Baja California, Mexico
Image ID: 35054
Species: California Sea Lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado), Baja California, Mexico

California sea lion with strange eyes, Coronados Islands, Baja California, Mexico, Zalophus californianus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)

California sea lion with strange eyes, Coronados Islands, Baja California, Mexico
Image ID: 35056
Species: California Sea Lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado), Baja California, Mexico