"What are you?" Meir choked, spitting out sour seawater. "Don't come near!" She shouted as the finned 'something' perked with interest. "Liiio--" The creature half barked half gurgled. "Liaaan." "I can't understand you." Meir said, wiping stinging water from her eyes. The thing frowned, flared it's monotone ruff and roared, "LION!" "S-s-sea Lion?" Meir kicked backwards a few strokes.