Steller sea lions use land habitat as haul-out sites for periods of rest, molting, and as rookeries for mating and pupping during the breeding season. In this case it is a resting area as they migrate along the coast spending part of their spring and fall in the area where we watch whales. Steller sea lions have been known to migrate large distances (>400 nm) but it is presumed their routes remain coastal. They are solitary hunters but are often seen small groups, but may gather in large “rafts” at the surface near rookeries and haul outs. The haul-pouts are a noisy area as they are capable of powerful vocalizations that are accompanied by a vertical head bobbing motion by males.
Coming into the dock at Grizzly Bear Lodge. Notice the cabin over in the far right corner if you manage to book that you always have an interesting view from your window. The main lodge in the background with boats at the dock. On the right the “cooks” boat she has a half mile commute to the lodge from her float-house. Beside it, the boat with the dark top, is one of the tour boats and in the back left the important camp boat. Important to you because it is used to pull the prawn and crab traps and they are a favourite at the Lodge. We are missing our larger boat that normally does the grizzly bear tours.Visit our Blog