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US_28215_MP_0615_AD - BoatU.S._HALF PAGE.indd 1 4/8/15 10: 33 AM 22 | BoatU.S. Magazine JUNE | JULY 2015
California sea lions are turning up in all sorts of unexpected places this season as food
scarcity in their normal range drives
them farther up the West Coast.
Officials in Astoria, Oregon, on the
Columbia River, have counted more
than 2,300 sea lions so far this year,
10 times the average number on the
docks in the East Mooring Basin and
nearly a thousand more than last
year’s record-breaking count
Here they pile up on a dock, and
each other, as they fight for space.
Officials have also tallied more than
6,000 harbor seals at the mouth of
For tips on how to stop sea
lions getting on your boat, see this
article online, www.BoatUS.com/
Magazine. Sea lions are protected by
the Marine Mammal Protection Act,
which outlaws their hunting, killing,
capture, and harassment. — M.V. P H O T O :