A favorite subject for photographers in the Galapagos Islands, playful sea lions provide hours of above- and underwater entertainment.

It seems that NatHab travelers overwhelmingly agree that animals like to play. After posting an article on the topic and a YouTube video of an elk playing in a mud puddle at Good Nature Travel, I received an e-mail from David Kleeman, who wrote to me with some stunning footage shot by his wife, Leslie Hornig, of a sea lion having fun with a starfish. David and Leslie were on Natural Habitat Adventures’ Classic Galapagos expedition in July and August of 2010. Leslie spotted this sea lion playing off the island of Espanola.

Thank you, Leslie and David, for letting us peek in on another moment of wild play!

Here’s to finding your true places and natural habitats,