I guess even sea lions get cabin fever now and then. Give them blue sky and calm seas and you may see them outside of Sea Lion Caves; north of Florence, Oregon, on Highway 101. Just north of the caves there is a pullout; the vantage point for the “most photographed lighthouse on the Oregon Coast”. The lighthouse keeper’s house is a bed and breakfast: Heceta Head Lighthouse
Park your car, get out and listen. If you can hear the sea lions barking, look over the rock wall to the cliffs below. These are a mix of California and Stellar Sea Lions.
They complain a lot but they like to snuggle.
On the other side of the cliff, closer to the caves, another group of sea lions climb the steep cliff; hugging the side to get to the top.
We took a drive to Florence, OR, for Veteran’s Day.
What a beautiful day it was! I’m glad we went yesterday because today is cloudy and cold.
Off-shore winds were making some pretty spindrifts over the waves.
I guess the sea lions get cabin fever too. They were all out soakin’ up the sun; either on the rocks or out in the ocean. This is just north of Sea Lion Caves at the Heceta Head Lighthouse overlook. The wind was just right so that we could smell their stinky breath (or bodies?) from way up on the ledge. Imagine what they smell like in the confined space of the Sea Lion Caves! I love watching them crawl all over each other and listen to them bark as they step on each others toes. Other viewers cheered them on as the sea lions climbed up the cliff and hung on through the crashing waves. How do they do it without fingers and the proper rock climbing equipment?
Aside from the beautiful view of the lone lighthouse on the point, we stop here to listen and watch the sea lions (at the bottom of the photo). By the way, this is on Highway ONE-oh-ONE on the Oregon Coast.
I love how they lay all over each other. They look so comfortable in spite of the rough, hard, rocks they use for nap-matts.
Although the large number of sea lions in the group amazes me, I like to look at each ONE. I’ll find the history on the 3 brands I found. I saw 3 or 4 more but couldn’t get the whole brand. I like the expression on the one at the top of the above photo. It makes me think of the sound that Scooby-Doo makes when someone says something silly.
Of course the sea lion mom has to focus on the ONE; after all, she IS a mom! But for the pup, she is the only ONE that matters.
We saw a few sea lions outside the caves when we stopped just south of Heceta Head Lighthouse last weekend.
It was a beautiful day for sunning.
Looks like this big Sea Lion has travelled from California to British Columbia, and back over the last 9 years, lookin’ for his own territory.
According to Bryan Wright with the state of Oregon: This is a male from the cohort we branded on 7/12/2004 at St. George Reef, CA. He’s been seen at least a couple times most years – early on at Sea Lion Caves but more recently in Washington (Carroll Island, Bodelteh Island) and British Columbia (Wouwer Island). Interesting that he’s back down here – maybe he’s on his way to a rookery to try holding a territory.