Valentine's Day Sea Lion Kisses
Want to make your Valentine’s Day extra special? How about a couples kiss with one of our sea lions? This Valentine’s Day, February 14th, the Aquarium will offer 2 opportunities to wow your Valentine with a sea lion smooch. Also included is a behind the scenes tour of the Aquarium. Times are 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Can’t make it on Valentine’s Day? We are also offering our regular sea lion encounter on Saturday, February 18th.
California Sea Lions on the Oregon Coast
California Sea Lions generally stay close to shore and it is rare to find them more than 10 miles (16 km) from the coast. They live in nearshore waters, both on open coasts and in bays and estuaries. “Haulout” areas include sandy beaches as well as isolated rocky shorelines. Sea lions can be found all along the Pacific coast from British Columbia to Baja California. Sea lions can often be seen body surfing in the waves off the Oregon coast. They will also rest at the surface, holding a front and rear flipper out of the water in a posture known as “jugging.” Sea lions, particularly males, are a common feature in the Yaquina Bay in Newport. They begin arriving in early fall and reach a seasonal peak in September and October. They will stay through the winter all along the coast, but will head south to warmer waters in the spring to breed.