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|Bring Your Sweetie & Kiss a Sea Lion for Valentines Day at The Oregon Coast Aquarium|
Not your ordinary Valentine!
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is offering a unique way to say, “I Love You.” Sea lion kisses are featured during the Valentine’s Day sea lion encounters February 14, 2010.
On these special encounters, visitors get up close to the ocean’s creatures and learn about them from Aquarium staff members who care for them.
Sea Lion Kisses
Visitors go behind the scenes at the Aquarium for a sea lion encounter where they learn about the natural history and conservation of these beautiful animals. They will learn about the basics of sea lion care from marine mammalogists, get up close to our sea lions and get a kiss from Lea, our friendliest pinniped. Visitors will receive a photo of their sea lion kiss.
Oregon Coast Aquarium Seals & Sea Lions
Seals and sea lions are mainstays of Oregon's marine mammal community. Sea lions can often be heard barking in Newport's Yaquina Bay, and harbor seals regularly play in the waters off the jetty.
Six sea lions and five harbor seals currently live at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Five of the sea lions and one of the harbor seals were captive-born; one sea lion and four harbor seals were rescued and rehabilitated after beach strandings, but were not considered releasable.
The animals range from 12-28 years old. All but one, a sea lion, are females. No breeding will take place among this population, since there is a surplus of seals and sea lions at zoos and aquariums around the country.
Visitors at this exhibit are often charmed to find that the animals are eager to interact with them through the underwater viewing windows. Games of "follow-my-hand" are common sights there, especially when children are present.
The main pool holds 90,000 gallons of sea water, and the rocky pool is 15 feet deep at its deepest point. It includes haul-out beaches and rocky islands where the animals can leave the water for areas either accessible or inaccessible to the viewing public. Deep canyons and a cave give the animals challenging swimming spaces. Multiple vantage points offer the public both above-water and below-water views.
Two Sea Lion Encounters are offered, with the first one from 10-11 am and the second one from 2 to 3 pm.