Tourists flock to swim with sea lions near Peru’s capital

  • In this Aug. 8, 2018 photo, a tour guide shares the highlights of a tour to Palomino Islands in Lima, Peru, including visiting sea lions off the coast. Peru has earned a growing reputation for world-class cuisine, and the sea lions have become another offering for travelers seeking out better-known attractions like the Incan site of Machu Picchu. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

  • In this Sept. 29, 2018 photo, sea lions swim near the Palomino Islands off the coast of Lima, Peru. Sea lions bathe and feast on the abundant fish that thrive in the cold-water Humboldt current. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

  • In this Sept. 29, 2018 photo, tourists observe sea lions blanketing one of the Palomino Islands off the coast of Lima, Peru. Last year, more than 20,000 tourists visited the sea lion reserve, according to the government. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

  • In this Aug. 8, 2018 photo, a sea lion swims near the Palomino Islands off the coast of Lima, Peru. Activists warn that the largely unregulated eco-tourism, in which tourists swim just feet away the sea lions, could be potentially dangerous and disruptive to the wild animals and their habitat. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

  • In this Aug. 8, 2018 photo, tourists take a selfie in the water with sea lions in the background on the Palomino Islands off the coast of Lima, Peru. Foreign tourists are flocking to a group of rocky islands a few miles off the coast of Peru’s capital for a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a chance to swim with sea lions. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

  • In this Sept. 29, 2018 photo, sea lions cover one of the Palomino Islands off the coast of Lima, Peru. The 39 rocky islands near Lima are home to an untold number of sea lions. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

LIMA, Peru — Foreign tourists are flocking to a group of rocky islands a few miles off the coast of Peru’s capital for a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a chance to swim with sea lions.

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