The Fish Market

Imagine a place with blue skies and turquoise warm waters. Where local fisherman bring their early morning catch to sell. A place where nature and man have learned to co-exist next to each other.

The Fish Market at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos is such a place.


It was mid morning when my footsteps lead to me to such an eden. The fishermen were scarce, but several Brown Pelicans and a sleepy Galapagos Sea Lion greeted me to the market.


It wasn’t long before a customer came up to the cement table requesting a fresh portion of fish for the day’s meal. Awakening the senses of the Sea Lion and the Pelican, they hovered close hoping for some fish to land their way.


The Sea Lion redefined the meaning of begging at the table. Persistently nudging his nose where it didn’t belong, A little bit here, a little bit there. How could you ever resist such an adorable nose? Please, please can I have a piece of fish?

17 replies »

  1. Adorable! I’ve heard sea lions being referred to as the ‘dogs of the sea’. This confirms it, as this is what goes on at my house during meal time.
    What you got there? Can I have some? PLEEEEEASE!?!

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