by Mary-Alice Warren, videographer
I would like to preface this post with a dislaimer:
I am not a heartless person, and I absolutely love animals.
Now that being said, I must admit that one of the highlights of my week was witnessing a man (literally) kick sea lions off his boat.
Before you stop reading and discount me as a terrible person, I will explain my seemingly horrific statement:
Six days into our 10-day stint in the Galápagos, I had to abandon my original story due to lack of access. I then began a new project about the interactions of sea lions and humans
I was scrambling to gather content at this point. I had only three days to put together a story, and a great one–I didn’t come on this trip to produce something average.
A local contact had recommended having a water taxi drive me out to a sea lion platform—a man-made structure in the harbors built by the national park for the sea lions to rest upon–to get footage.
With broken Spanish, I was able to hail a water taxi and relay my request to the driver. Two other passengers boarded as well. At the time, I didn’t give a second thought to the other two passengers; I was lost in my own thoughts trying to figure out the best way to shoot steadily from this small boat.
We came to our first stop, and I was jolted from my thoughts when one of the passengers jumped off our boat and onto another one. Luckily I had already placed my camera on my tripod to adjust settings and such because, as soon as he landed on the other boat, he began kicking at sea lions who were resting on the deck. I ran to the front of the taxi and was able to capture this moment of raw interaction between man and sea lion, and I must say, it was rather awesome.