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Sea Lions Astoria fighting, kissing, babies, adults, Zalophus Californianus

All Photos Available For Print and Distribution. Please Contact RobProPhoto. California Sea Lions in Astoria Oregon photographed by RobProPhoto. Some are Fighting, kissing, jumping, swimming, all of the above! Check em out! Scientific Name Zalophus Californianus

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Coming from Seaside Oregon, we decided to go to the farmers market for the day in Astoria not more than a 30 minute drive.  I remembered as a kid that Astoria had the Pier with all the sea lions.  With my trusty Nikon D4s, and my 180mm f2.8 lens, I decided to take some photos.  I know there are a lot of photos, but if you stick with it you will find some great shots of them fighting each other.  There is one sea lion somewhere in this album with a red eye, he looks to me like he’s a really stubborn sea lion. With a little bit of research you will find that the sea lions here in Astoria are actually California Sea Lions scientific name Zalophus Californianus, which is an Eared Sea Lion.  In the Images you can see the sea lions ears quite well.  Little did we know, but later that weekend the Port of Astoria was going to put out a motorized fiberglass Orca Whale made in Bellingham Washington as an attempt to scare the Sea Lions away.  Stay tuned with the news to find out what really went down that weekend. Yes they are still there, and I think it’s going to take more than just a fake orca whale to scare them away.  They’re fierce, look my pictures! Nothing like the sea lions we swam with in the Galapagos, check out pictures of the Galapagos Sea Lions. From reading a bit I found out that the Sea Lions are eating all the fish, thus fishermen are losing the battle. I say, let nature take its course, if humans can’t fight the sea lions (fairly) for food, let em have the damn salmon. But then again they are a non-native predator...so what should we do fairly...?

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