A lovely sea lion has been filmed playfully interacting with a starfish in the ocean.
While working as an underwater photographer, Nick Polanszky, 32, from Brisbane, Australia, captured these photos of the pair.
The photos were taken near a tiny volcanic rock island in Los Islotes, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
According to Nick, sea lions are ‘one of the most playful creatures on the planet,’ and he enjoys diving with them.
“Being known as the big pups of the sea, it’s no surprise that this sea lion looks like it’s beckoning you to come and play,” he said.
“The most common feedback I get regarding my sea lion photographs is that they appear to be in the moment and are quite adorable, as well as that they want to experience it for themselves.”
“Nothing has filled my heart more than my interactions with the sea lions, witnessing all of their playfulness and curiosity during my years as an underwater photographer.
“These guys play, nibble, roll, chew on your camera, and push up against your face before you know it, and when your dive time is up, you just can’t wait to get back in the water with them.”
“The sea lion looking down at me with the sea star hanging out of his mouth is my favorite picture.”