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Old 05-09-2012, 13:54   #1
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Sea Lion Chasing Our Boat Off Of Seattle

This sea lion chased our sailboat crossing Puget Sound from Blake Island on Labor Day weekend. This guy chased and followed and swam under the boat both under sail and power a good 10 minutes. I hear they do this to hide from larger predators... wonder what was in the water?



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Old 05-09-2012, 14:12   #2
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Re: sea lion chasing our boat off of seattle

Orcinas Orca maybe? Apparently they find Sea Lions quite tasty.
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This sea lion chased our sailboat crossing Puget Sound from Blake Island on Labor Day weekend. This guy chased and followed and swam under the boat both under sail and power a good 10 minutes. I hear they do this to hide from larger predators... wonder what was in the water?



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I went on a whale-watching expedition once out of Monterey. We had crossed the bay and were off of Santa Cruz, the boat stopped in the water. Off the port side were killer whales -- two adults and one baby, feeding on a sea lion.

On the starboard side we had a live sea lion hiding from the killer whales.
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Re: sea lion chasing our boat off of seattle

There is a You Tube video out there showing a Sea Lion attempting to board a swim platform of a power boat to escape Killer Whales. The boater drove the boat closer to shore allowing the animal to escape.
They are not dumb animals.
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There is a You Tube video out there showing a Sea Lion attempting to board a swim platform of a power boat to escape Killer Whales. The boater drove the boat closer to shore allowing the animal to escape.
They are not dumb animals.

On the whale watching expedition I mentioned, the marine naturalist on board said that different pods of orcas specialize in different kinds of prey. We were over to the Santa Cruz vicinity because they knew all this was going on. There were humpbacks in the distance. I thought they were keeping an eye on the orcas because some eat baby whales. However, the naturalist said that the humpbacks know the orca pods and know which ones are a danger to them.

Shortly after that the humpbacks actually swam over to the orcas and they all appeared to be ... playing together. "Don't eat my babies and we can be friends," I guess ... The naturalist commented -- "This is remarkable, seeing three kinds of marine mammals together in the water at the same time... Of course, one of them is dead ..."

Maybe you had to be there.
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