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sea lions swimming in San Diego, California
November 11, 2015

Pinniped Playground

Photographer Megan Barrett had a ringside seat for this aquatic display in San Diego, California. "I happened upon this group of sea lion pups by chance after photographing smelt that were moving through the reefs around La Jolla Cove," she says. "I had never seen the pups band together like this—they were circling around me, porpoising and enjoying the bait swimming around in the water. It was around noon, so with the overhead light and the surf grass below, I felt as though I was watching children running wild on an underwater playground."

This photograph was submitted to the 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest. Submit your best photo for a chance to win.

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Photograph by Megan Barrett

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