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CUSalin



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:38 am    Post subject: Sea Lion at Rowena Reply with quote

Delighted to see adult Sea Lion cruising Eastward at Rowena yesterday. Looked like he was on a mission. Sorry no pics. Watch where you're going! Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:13 am    Post subject: Re: Sea Lion at Rowena Reply with quote

I also have seen the Sea Lion, down at Stevenson last year.
My understanding from a friend who is a curator at the SLC Zoo,
is that in fresh water, Sea Lions eventully go blind. Hope he's wrong about that.

-Craig

CUSalin wrote:
Delighted to see adult Sea Lion cruising Eastward at Rowena yesterday. Looked like he was on a mission. Sorry no pics. Watch where you're going! Smile
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windsurfmike



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There has been one living in The Dalles for 2 years, growing from 300# to 1200#

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2013/07/sea_lion_finds_home_and_salmon.html
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From Mike's cite,
"A sea lion named "Ray" has found a home at The Dalles marina. The California sea lion was an estimated 300 pounds when he arrived at the marina two years ago. He is now a dock-damaging 1,200 pounds ...Other sea lions have been spotted between The Dalles and Bonneville dams, she says, but for some reason they don't intrude on Ray's territory.... "
D'ya think that's because he's twice the size of most CA sea lions? I would be, too, if I lived on a major cruise line buffet table.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 12:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Sea Lion at Rowena Reply with quote

Sweet Very Happy, he swam through the dam...lol. saw one at Dalton a few years ago, they look so happy.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From what I've gathered, it appears Sea Lions can live in fresh water for "indefinite periods of time" so long as there is ample food supply. They are also able to survive frozen conditions so long as they are able to reach the surface and breath.

So it appears they are here to stay so long as there are enough Salmon and Sturgeon.

The Sea Lion I saw was probably not Ray, but I would estimate at 3-400 pounds.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope these guys are smart enough to stay out the way of our fins. That could be one sudden stop, and could injure either party.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think they are pretty keen to stay away from watercraft of all types. Many a time (at the coast) I've suddenly come upon dozens of them and at full speed, bracing for impact, have never hit one. They just watched me go by.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a nice little article about sailing with the sea lions.

www.thedalleschronicle.com/news/2013/jun/19/surfing-sea-lions/

I'm not sure what's more remarkable though. Sea lions in the river or windsurfers under the age of 40!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been scuba diving several times with sea lions. Beautiful animals. My observations are

1) they are incredibly agile and can move out of the way very quickly.

2) they are generally harmless to humans and can even be playful.

Windsurfers might create a little bit of a problem for them to notice since we move quickly and quietly compared to boats and other things on the surface. and unfortunately, the person in the article actually hit one. That creates a different dynamic. Understandably, the sea lion got a little pissed off. Probably best not to get to close if you are at speed.
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