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Oregon Sea Lion Caves Pictures

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A mile South of Heceta Head Lighthouse and 11 miles North of Florence on the Oregon Coast, there is the largest sea lion cave in the United States and the whole world, home for wild sea lions and a variety of sea birds. At more than 300 feet long and 120 feet high, Sea Lion Caves is one of the most popular Oregon attractions. This vast cavern, filled with the roar of the great Steller sea lions, the cries of the wailing birds, and the restless surge of the ocean into the cave below, offers an unforgettable experience.

Oregon Sea Lion Caves Photos

In fact, the cave, made of Basalt Rock, and the nearby rock ledge are the only year-round mainland homes for the sea lions, the larger of the two species of sea lion that resides here all year round. Discovered in 1880 by William Cox, the cavern is about 25 million years old. Today it soars to the height of a 12- story building and is as long as a football field. It is equipped with an elevator.

Oregon Sea Lion Caves

During the day the sea lions can be found lounging and barking, and the visitors may have great fun watching them bickering and playing, and the pups are especially cute. These huge Steller sea lions, an adult male lion can weigh up to a ton, are found along all Oregon coast. Chestnut when young, they are tawny when old. These aquatic mammals were named by Dr. Steller, a German scientist, who called them “Lions of the Sea” because of their color and lion-like roar. Sea lions gather in this natural amphitheater, usually during fall and winter. In spring and summer, they breed and have their young on rock ledges just outside the cave. These wild animals dwelling here are treated with great care and measures are taken not to disturb them in their natural habitat.

Oregon Sea Lion Caves Photo

Sea Lion Caves is also home to variety of sea birds, including the pigeon guillemot, a migratory bird, which usually appears at Sea Lion Caves in early April when its mating season begins. It is called "dovekie" by sailors, who often encounter it far out to sea. Another bird commonly seen in the Sea Lion Caves area is Brandt cormorant. And, of course, the gulls. Three species, the herring gull, the California gull, and the western gull are seen in the vicinity of Sea Lion Caves.

Sea Lion Caves Pictures

You can also watch killer whales passing Sea Lion Caves on their journey to the North, although they can’t be called frequent visitors to the area. This black and white mammal is one of the few sea mammals that attack other warm blooded sea life, and has been even seen taking sea lions in the vicinity, although its hunting ground is generally farther North. In the Pacific Ocean, the male killer whale can reach up to 27 feet in length and weigh an estimated 9 tons. A newborn calf is about eight feet long and weighs about 400 pounds.

Sea  Lion Caves Photos

Another attraction of the cave is “The Family”, a bronze sculpture depicting a sea lion family. The statue was dedicated in September 1982, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Sea Lion Caves. This unique sculpture is the first stop on your tour of the Sea Lion Caves, with Heceta Head Lighthouse at the backdrop creating a truly memorable experience.