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americanfrog 09-06-2012 01:47 AM

sea lion chasing our sailboat in seattle
 
This sea lion chased our sailboat crossing Puget Sound from Blake Island on Labor Day weekend. This guy 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? Or did it think we were fishing and hoping to catch a salmon (we were not)? Or was it just friendly? This never gets old.


Flybyknight 09-06-2012 02:33 PM

Re: sea lion chasing our sailboat in seattle
 
My guess is that in his past, some boater threw him something to eat, and he associated your boat with a meal.
Dick

sww914 09-06-2012 02:53 PM

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That's fun! When we were sailing down the northern Ca coast in late winter, as we left each harbor and as we entered each harbor a baby sea lion would come to play in the bubbles from our prop. They would just go CRAZY like a puppy, jumping and barking and flopping. Really fun.

svHyLyte 09-06-2012 08:42 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by americanfrog (Post 918641)
This sea lion chased our sailboat crossing Puget Sound from Blake Island on Labor Day weekend. This guy 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? Or did it think we were fishing and hoping to catch a salmon (we were not)? Or was it just friendly? This never gets old.

Perhaps it's just me but that sure looks more like a Pacific Harbor Seal than a Sea Lion to me. From the San Juans to Sand Diego, they will escort one entering or departing a harbor, riding ones pressure wave fore or aft; and, expecting a treat in exchange.

N'any case, a great entertainment, eh? Good for you!

ParadiseParrot 09-06-2012 08:50 PM

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Nice vid..thx for sharing

americanfrog 09-06-2012 09:51 PM

Re: sea lion chasing our sailboat in seattle
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by svHyLyte (Post 919020)
Perhaps it's just me but that sure looks more like a Pacific Harbor Seal than a Sea Lion to me. From the San Juans to Sand Diego, they will escort one entering or departing a harbor, riding ones pressure wave fore or aft; and, expecting a treat in exchange.

N'any case, a great entertainment, eh? Good for you!

You're right it might very well be a harbor seal..

flyingwelshman 09-06-2012 10:05 PM

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Great vid.

External ears = sea lion

Sea lion:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_paeJ5Np8OP...0/sea+lion.jpg

Harbor seal:

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...KLRzbRz30Wa-_J

blt2ski 09-06-2012 10:15 PM

Re: sea lion chasing our sailboat in seattle
 
There are a few sea lions here in the sound, but that does look more like a harbor seal than a sea lion to me. SL's like to hang out near the locks a lot during salmon runs, other times they can be found hanging out on the different marker buoy's, and some of the bigger hamburger buoys that some of the tug companies use to transfer barge from small tugs taking the barges into and out of the harbor, to those that take said barge on the ocean nd vice versa.

marty

erps 09-06-2012 11:13 PM

Re: sea lion chasing our sailboat in seattle
 
I've talked to divers who have had them come up behind them and grab their swim fins like it was a game. I think that would cause me to wet my wet suit even more. We get them up around La Conner now and then and they're pretty thick in the Cattle Pass area. The big ones look like they could be 8 to 10 feet long.

Saw an elephant seal one time out at Minor Island. Wouldn't have believed they were in our waters if I hadn't seen it myself
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t...o/IMG_1660.jpg

americanfrog 09-06-2012 11:31 PM

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[QUOTE=flyingwelshman;919066]Great vid.

External ears = sea lion


awesome, looks like a sea lion as i can spot ears... fun either way. My lab going nuts on the board... my 12 year old loved it!


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