Sea lion just wants to play fetch with a zoo visitor

Never surrender, no matter what's in your way.


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Published Feb 16, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 12:56 pm CDT

Sea lions are a perennial hit at zoos, probably because they’re basically aquatic dogs: They’re bursting with personality, they’re great at tricks, and they emit a charming bark.

But did you know that they’re also into playing fetch? There are some logistics to sort out, what with the whole living-in-a-glass-water-tank issue, but it’s nothing a clever mammal can’t overcome—especially when a human observer is game to play along.

The other great thing about sea lions? They never shoot vertical video.

Photo by Tambako The Jaguar/Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

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*First Published: Feb 16, 2015, 3:08 pm CST