Sea Lion Kisses
Thursday, September 20, 2012
2:30pm - 2:45pm
$20 members, $25 nonmembers
No trip to the Aquarium is complete without a fishy kiss from a sea lion! Take a trip behind the scenes and meet one of our furry friends and get a memory you will never forget. Make sure to bring your camera!
This is a short, 15-minute program. For a more in-depth look at California Sea Lions, we suggest you consider our hour-long Sea Lion Encounter program.
Ages 8 and up. Maximum number of participants per encounter: 10
To make your reservation, call (541) 867-3474; or reserve with our admissions staff on the day of your visit (if availability allows).
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.