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The two RV Gypsies and Karen's sister, Ilse
at the Sea Lion Cave on Highway 101
in Florence, Oregon
July 31, 2013

sea water divider bar

After entering the Sea Lion Gift Shop and purchasing tickets, the two RV Gypsies were directed to go out the back door and head to the left to enter the cave. There were a few stairs and a fairly steep walk on an inclined pathway which led to the elevator. The last time the two RV Gypsies were here, they could see Heceta Head Lighthouse just to the north of the cave. But this day was a very foggy day and Karen's sister Ilse did not get to see the lighthouse. But that was okay, because they took a trip to the lighthouse after leaving the sea lion cave.

Sea Lion Cave sign
sign by elevator about the cave and elevator

The Sea Lion Cave was formed almost 25 million years ago and is now home to about 200 Sea Lions. There is an elevator access to 208 feet down into the cave. The Cave is 12 stories high and as wide as a football field.

the elevator going down 208 feet

The two RV Gypsies and Karen's sister Ilse rode the elevator down to the inside of the World's Largest Sea Cave. But no sea lions were inside the cave on this date. They were all outside because it was mating season. Below is a view from the inside of the cave looking out into the ocean. A foggy day puts forth pictures that appear to be taken in black and white but were not.

a view from the inside of the cave looking out into the ocean.

Birds on the ledge outside the Sea Cave, high above the ocean.

Birds on the ledge outside the Sea Cave, high above the ocean.
Birds on the ledge outside the Sea Cave, high above the ocean.

The interior of the Sea Lion Cave soars to the height of a 12-story building and stretches the full length of a football field. It is a great way to view sea lions without disturbing the sea lions or their habitat. However, Karen did not take a lot of pictures inside the Sea Lion Cave because all of the sea lions were outside, and they had been here before when sea lions were both inside the cave and outside the cave. Those photos can be found on the 2009 USA map.

sea water divider bar

Then after viewing the cave, Karen, Lee and Ilse walked down a very long, steep hill to see the sea lions that were outside. The below informative signs about the Cormorants and the Sea Lions were posted at the bottom of the hill.

sign about cormorants
sign about Steller Sea Lions

There were quite a few sea lions sunning themselves on the rocks just outside the cave. It was nice to be able to view the sea lions in their natural habitat and watch them slide down into the water, and wobble their way back up onto the cliff again. The amount of noise they were making was quite loud and amazing to hear.

sea lions sunning themselves
sea lions sunning themselves

Take a good look at the BIG bull near the edge of the water in the center of the picture below.

a BIG bull near the edge of the water

The Steller Sea Lion is a warm-blooded mammal which gives birth, nurses the young, and must breathe air. Sea Lion bulls, when fully grown, can weigh up to a ton. Since these sea lions are wild, they are unpredictable. They frequently make their home inside the cave and/or outside the cave on the ledge below.

Ilse gets up close to a sea lion
laughing clipart dudeIlse kisses a sea lion

Statue of Sea Lions outside the back door of the gift shop.

Statue of Sea Lions outside the back door of the gift shop.

The two RV Gypsies were at this Sea Lion Cave on May 11, 2009 and there were sea lions inside the cave. To see photos that are different than the ones above, click here but be sure to return to this page by hitting your back button so that you can see the rest of the Oregon pictures and travels of the two RV Gypsies in 2013.

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