Photographer Matthew Maran captures a camera-aware sea lion in the middle of a grooming session

By Amy Jamieson
Updated August 24, 2011 01:00 PM
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Is the roof on fire? This sea otter from British Columbia seems to think so.

The cuddly creature was captured kicking back in a bed of seaweed by award-winning photographer Matthew Maran, who spent several years shooting wildlife and landscapes for his new book, Vancouver Island: Barley to Clayoquot. PHOTO: Otter and Dog Love! These Unlikely Pals Play Together by the Water

During his trek along the West Coast trail, Maran’s lens captured black bears, sea lions and bald eagles. But none of them were quite as camera-aware as this otter, who meticulously groomed himself with his sure paws.

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