Infrared Zoo Gallery - Sea Lion


Infrared Sea Lions

Even though sea lions are warm-blooded, they are covered in a thick layer of blubber. This blubber insulates them from cold ocean temperatures and keeps the sea lion's body heat from escaping. In the images below, notice that the warmest area is the sea lion's eyes. In most of the images the sea lion is sunning itself and the heat shown is mainly from sunlight warming the sea lion's skin and fur. The last two images show the sea lions as they are emerging from the water. Notice how cool they appear!

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