Honorable Mention / 2021 / Nature / Underwater

My New Toy

  • Photographer
    Celia Kujala

When I was diving at Hornby Island, I watched this young sea lion play with a starfish. As I watched her, she swam over to me to show me her beautiful toy. I was able to capture the image just as she was presenting the starfish to me. Sadly, Steller sea lions are listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List. By observing their playful nature, I hope people will feel a connection with them and want to protect them and their environment.