Branded Sea Lions – Update

My contacts are catching up with their email after their Christmas and New Year vacations.  So here’s the info on the Stellar Sea Lions we saw 4 days before Christmas 2013.  We stopped at the turnout on Hwy 101, just north of Sea Lion Caves, overlooking Heceta Head Lighthouse.  Branding helps monitor the travel and health of these beautiful marine mammals.

Sea Lion branded: 412Y
Sea Lion branded: 412Y

You may have to click on the photo to enlarge it to see the brand on the sea lion in the top center of the photo.

This is a male, branded as a pup, on Rogue Reef on July 17, 2013.  This is the first resight.  Rogue Reef is off Gold Beach in southern Oregon between Port Orford and Brookings.  It is an important habitat for these Stellar Sea lions.

2 branded Sea Lions: 440R and 364Y
2 branded Sea Lions: 440R and 364Y

Sea Lion #364Y, a male, was also branded at Rogue Reef on July 17, 2013.  This is also the first resight of him.

The big one, 440R, is a female who was branded on July 18, 2005 at Rogue Reef.  She has only been sighted at Rogue Reef and Sea Lion Caves.  She has been sighted every year except 2012.  This was the first resight of 2013.

Thanks Bryan Wright/bryan.e.wright@state.or.us

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