πŸ“½ by @bridger_thomas

This sea lion was presumably attacked by a shark, whom I would assume is responsible for removing the hind flippers.

Its not too difficult to figure out what happened here, she was most likely chased around/ambushed by said shark – probably a great white, however this area is home to a few other shark species as well.

Her toothy assailant caught her and removed the rear flippers completely – and without those, this sea lion will be effectively rudderless as they use their hind parts to steer themselves underwater – so straight line swimming only.

As you can clearly see, life on land with no hind quarters is no picnic either. Sea lions rotate their back flippers under their body in order to walk on land, and without those she’s gonna have a hell of a time getting around.

She’s essentially forked.



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