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Photos: California sea lions draw a crowd at Porteau Cove

A fun fact about these sea lions is that they bark.

Sea to Sky photographer David Buzzard captured these images of sea lions — and some of their fans — at Porteau Cove on Friday night. 

These are male California sea lions.   

Some facts about them from Fisheries and Oceans Canada

• Adult males can be up to 2.5 metres (8 feet) long 

• They can weigh 200 to 400 kilograms (450 to 900 pounds)

• They are often dark brown and look almost black when wet

• They sound like they are barking, whereas steller sea lions sound like they are growling

• Males have a large dog-like head with a long, narrow snout, and small external ear flaps

• The sea lions' large hairless flippers can support their body for “walking"

• Only males are seen in B.C. 

• They can be seen all year

• They come out of the water —  haul out — onto  rocky outcrops and islets, buoys and jetties

• At sea, they are often seen alone or in small groups; they may gather in large “rafts” as seen in Porteau Cove. 

Report any adverse incidents involving marine mammals immediately to Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s 24/7 Observe, Record, Report Line 1.800.465.4336 or VHF Channel 16.

Always follow ethical photography guidelines when shooting pictures of wildlife.