It may be a sea lion, but it’s behaving like a lot of Labradors I’ve known!
The idle musings of a former military man, former computer geek, medically retired pastor and now full-time writer. Contents guaranteed to offend the politically correct and anal-retentive from time to time. My approach to life is that it should be taken with a large helping of laughter, and sufficient firepower to keep it tamed!
I'd be real leery of using both hands for scritches/belly rubs, as that may trigger an animal's defensive actions to ward off an attack. If that happens, you may end up without a hand to use for your own benefit. Unless you and it are long term buddies, be conservative in this regard.
I second the thought that it's best to keep one hand in reserve, after all these are creatures in the wild. I laughed out loud as the camera panned around the diver to discover the sealion lying belly up with a happy expression.
Calling them puppies is about right; did you see the one at the end about to hump his flipper?