Reader Joe Dickinson has sent some marine mammals, and wants us to judge which is the cutest:
Both often look as if they are praying, although the seals use the hind flippers. I thought you would appreciate that.
Then, in fairness, I looked at my archives. One would not generally count adult sea lions as cute, but some youngsters of the Galápagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) are pretty cute. That is, of course, a Galápagos marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus ) sharing one of those photos.
Even this young adult (adolescent?) might pass as cute given the pose.