Sunday, October 4

Man Vs Sea Lion

Along the Bay in Newport.. There is a street full of little shops and places to eat.    We love going to The Port and eating the best fish and chips.   Fresh cod caught daily.    They also have this fabulous three berry cobbler.   Yum!   The sea lions hang out on the docks on the the back side of the restaurant.     This year we seen a sad sight….    This might be too graphic…   so if you get a little queezy.. you might not want to read on….

They lay on the docks, basking in the sun, barking at each other all day long. They don’t dare move because they’ll lose their place of glory.   Eventually they have to move.    They have to eat!  And when they come back they try and push each other off so they can regain their spot.   Its really funny to watch. 
This poor guy ran into a fishing net..  and the net won!!    He has the tight rope wrapped around his neck and it cut through his thick skin.   There is a poster on the dock explaining his situation.    The OSU Marine Science Center has been keeping close watch over him.   He doesn’t seem to be in any pain and he still dives and is eating well.   They’re afraid to shoot him with a tranquilizer because he may fall off the dock and drown… (he weighs several hundred pounds).  He won’t let them close enough to remove the rope.   If all goes well, the rope will continue to unravel and fall off and his wounds will heel.  They’ve been shooting a darts of antibiotics into him.    It can potentially be fatal.     Its sad…  but I realize…   Its all part of the plan….

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Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

Hi Michelle;
That is so sad. I feel bad for the sea lion but I can understand that they don't want to tranquilize him if there's a chance he would jump into the water. Still very sad. I hope they will be able to help him somehow ~ I would think that would get infected real soon! Agh! THat won't be good for him.

Speedcat Hollydale said...

That poor lil fella ... hope he makes it