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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The flip side of Sea Lions...and a Surf Scoter

Snowbird's enthusiasm has encouraged me to post another video that I took of sea lions a couple of days ago.  Adrian had mentioned in a comment that the sea lions spend much of their time being busy doing a lot of nothing, which seems true for those who have found a position on the float.  Not all of the sea lions fit on the float, so others were lolling about in the water with their fins and tails protruding (to regulate heat apparently), perched on various ledges, or playfully cavorting about.  Very entertaining to watch.



However ~  I phoned the harbour authority today to find out more after Elaine  asked if this raft was set up specifically for the sea lions.  Oh my!  The float is definitely NOT there for the sea lions, but is one of several floating breakwaters to prevent wave action caused by the westerly winds.  Apparently last year, the sea lions did $20,000 worth of damage to the fishing boats.  They also eat 600 lbs of herring a day, and let's just say what goes in, has to come out which causes a high concentration of coliform bacteria.  The term "akin to a raft of floating rodents" was used (which caught me off guard and made me laugh).  So there is the flip side of a rowdy raft of sea lions!

I wonder if this male Surf Scoter paddling along nearby had any idea of what he was floating amongst ...

Thanks for leaving encouraging comments and asking questions ... I learn a lot more that way!







13 comments:

  1. Wow! That's a lot of interesting information. Man and wildlife have always struggled to coexist, BUT life always finds a way!!!Oh Glo....I'm so thrilled you posted this, you have NO idea how many times I watch and re-watch your videos....seriously, I don't have this type of wildlife on my doorstep, so the LEAST you can do is give me three fixes a day.....I'm thinking sea eagles, seals.....AND BEARS!!!! Yes!

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    1. Thanks Snowbird ~ I'm so pleased you enjoy my photos and videos. I'll see what I can do about getting more wildlife photos ... I'll be on a quest!

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  2. My goodness!! I've just caught up with this and the previous post Glo and when I put the first video on I thought, at the beginning, that I was listening to a very avant-garde musical work with human voices, what an incredible noise they make! It's just amazing to think that you can see them so easily and close to home too. As for 600 lbs of Herring a day, wow! They certainly do look hefty creatures though. Very interesting videos and photos and a fascinating read too :-)

    Thank you for the Humming bird info. I also did some googling and found that they need to eat every ten to fifteen minutes which of course would make the long journey over the water to reach the UK impossible :-(

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    1. Hi ShySongbird ~ Your comment about the noise coming from your computer made me laugh! Yes, the sea lions are very loud creatures and huge, too. Glad you enjoyed the photos and videos.

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  3. The harbour master was very restrained. I am surprised he didn't assume you were a hoax call.

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    1. The harbour master was a 'she', and she was more than happy to answer my questions and offered some interesting information.

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  4. Great pictures, they are interesting creatures. Great capture of the scooter.

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    1. Thanks Gillian. Interesting creatures, indeed ~ Yes, I was happy with the scoter photo ~ quite a unique looking sea duck!

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  5. Sadly there's nearly always a downside to things as this post all too vividly illustrates.
    I like the name 'Surf Scoter' as it sounds like a cartoon character. Flighty xx

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    1. Hi Flighty ~ yes, always pros and cons involved. Surf Scoter looks like a cartoon character too!

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  6. That's a helluva lot of poop and fish - I wonder do they stay there year round?

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    1. LOL Yes, that's for sure ;)
      This site
      http://www.vancouverisland.com/wildlife/?id=101
      explains more about the sea lions and their behaviours, and answers more questions that I can :)

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  7. Hmmm. Seems less appealing to swim out and pet the seals! But good to know!

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