Sea Lion Encounter

Saturday, July 28, 2012
10:00am - 11:00am
$35 members, $40 nonmembers (limit 10)

Ages 8 and up. Learn about the Aquarium’s pinnipeds, get a sea lion kiss behind the scenes at the Aquarium. Make reservations in advance by calling 541-867-3474.

Sea Lion Encounters allow participants to discuss the natural history and conservation of these magnificent animals with Aquarium staff, learn about their basic needs, and receive a fishy kiss from one of the Aquarium's amazing marine mammals. Bring your camera! The Sea Lion Encounter lasts approximately 1 hour.

Maximum number of participants per encounter: 10

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.