I Hugged a Sea Lion...

Meet Ting...he is a 400 pound South American Sea Lion.  He is one of three sea lions rescued and cared for following a storm that relocated them to Honduras.  While on a cruise last week, we visited Maya Key on Roatan and had the chance to spend a little time with these amazing animals. 

Ting has been trained to pose with visitors and in this photo I was able to put my arm around him for a little hug!

In this photo, Ting leaned over and rested his head on mine.

I was warned but not prepared for the little kiss Ting gave me.  He was blowing in my ear and the feeling of his whiskers tickled...hence the look on my face!