Where do Sea Lions go?

This morning the 30 Stellar’s (Eumetopias jubatus) that have been dwelling on South Rocks have gone. Is it a coincidence that a Westerly gale began early this morning? Are they escaping the weather? Did they all choose to go hunting at the same time? Did something scare them away in the night? Is the cooler weather encouraging them to find warmer waters further up the Salish Sea perhaps on the log booms near Nanaimo (it is snowing as I write this…)? I will keep a sharp watch out for when they return.

Yesterday evening 6 student arrived for the weekend but if this weather continues we may be conducting classes here Monday morning!