Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sea Lions - Crescent City 2014

There have been various seafood restaurants which have been Gherkin favorites through the years.  Dad and Mom G used to always take us to Chart Room. They moved on to The Grotto and The Beachcomber....

Stacia mentioned sometime in the past weeks she had never seen a sea lion for "real." What she meant is that they'd always been in aquariums. We're Oregonians. I grew up seeing seals and sea lions in the "wild." We've taken kids to the coast numerous times and to Crescent City and always seen them. BUT we've been in Japan for over 1/2 of Stacia's life. She was right.  

We asked Mom G if the seals and sea lions still played by the Chart Room. She brightened up and said there are so many that they've closed part of the parking lot now. We all went for lunch. 

We found sea lions
Nikon D3200

We had a bit of a wait as we wanted to wait for a window seat. Well.....I probably would have caved and gone for a seat in the middle of the room but Mom G suggested we wait...and she was RIGHT. It was worth the wait.  There was so much to watch as we ate.....

And we noticed....someone shooting off a net gun....people with signs approaching...we wondered if it were PETA but no, it was North Coast Marine Mammal center on a rescue.  We stayed and watched for a long time. They never succeeded...but the kids got their fill of sea lions. 

Ah - this is the life....
Nikon D610

This black one has a net or fishing line around his neck. As he grows it cuts into his skin and restricts his breathing as well as ability to eat.
Nikon D 610

This team patiently crept up the jetty over and over...we left before they were able to catch him. The other sea lions seemed to KNOW what they were up to and kept getting between him and the people....
Between the two of us we took over 100 photos.....we were asked to send photos to the center...I need to do that.....when I get "caught up." 

Totally satisfied with the sea lion outing....

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sis: Man, I feel sorry for the black sea lion with the net around his neck.... hope they catch him eventually to help him.

wonderful pictures you and mike took. love them.

especially like the one where the sea lion is on his back and you all got him like he was sun bathing. Neat that they want you pictures etc. Kids looked so happy. Neat seeing the wooden sea lion also....... everyone in your family and etc have stood in front of that carving for pictures. how neat. l/p - mom t.