Sea Lions at rest - Sea Lion series 1 of 3

Posted by
Jerry (Aberdeen, United States) on 10 June 2019 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Photo taken at Westport, Washington

On this day there were three docks completely packed with sea lions. They are protected by the Federal Governments 1972 Marine Mammal Protect Act and they have become a nuisance. There are reports of dogs being snatched off docks, and in Vancouver B.C. a sea Lion actually pulled a young girl off the dock and into the water. Each Sea Lion eats a tremendous amount of valuable fish and they are detrimental to businesses, vicious and dangerous.

Panasonic DMC-FZ28 1/800 second F/3.7 ISO 100 340 mm (35mm equiv.)

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

Excellent capture of the Sea Lions. I was sad to hear that Oregon wants to cull over 1,000 of them with the excuse they eat sea salmon. The truth is they eat less than one percent of the fish. I just hope they remain protected.

10 Jun 2019 11:05am

@Shaun: I respect your opinion but my experience has been that the numbers of sea lions and seals has become a problem. Gill netters, both white and native Americans routinely have their catches picked over by these animals, its like a buffet line to them and the torn-up remains are wasted. Our local docks are often not accessible because of these critters and its unlawful to even try to scare them away. I don't know where you got the 1% figure, we routinely watch these critter tear up hundreds of fish right before us when we fish. A lot of money has been spent by game officials to scare them away and nothing has worked. I support what Oregon is doing, its way past due. I worry about going onto a dock these days because one of these animals can come up behind you and you are trapped. I have two more photo's forth coming on this series. Thanks for the input Shaun.

marije from ardèche, France


10 Jun 2019 11:14am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Une très belle photo j'aime beaucoup

10 Jun 2019 1:26pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

This is a superb capture. The detail in this image is excellent, and the color just perfect.

10 Jun 2019 2:56pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

Quelle bataille

10 Jun 2019 7:25pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

wonderful portraits.

11 Jun 2019 8:32pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

fine personality shot

13 Jun 2019 10:51pm

Panasonic DMC-FZ28
1/800 second
ISO 100
340 mm (35mm equiv.)