Animals along the Oregon Coast - page 2 of 2

late November - early December 2012

The tide brought in this creature which did its best to move around as per the track in the sand.
[Stretch of beach with the start of some wavy and circular tracks in the middle and at one end lies a lump of an animal.]

Close-up of creature from the sea. It may have been an injured baby sea otter.
[A clump of brown fur with several visible flippers and what appears to be a hole in its fur lies on the sand.]

Snow goose at Pistol River State Park. (Not the usual time of year for them to be here.)
[A white bird with black feathers just at the tip of its tail standing on a sand dune.]

An osprey trying to make headway in 35+mph winds.
It reminded me of a kite as it appeared motionless in the sky.
[The white and brown underside feathers are visible on the partially outstretched wings of this bird in the sky. It appears the bird has its eyes closed.]

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Stellar Sea Lions - December 6, 2012

Although I could hear what sounded to be sea lions, all I saw were rocks.
[Looking down a cliff at the water's edge at large rocks and smaller gray and brown clumps which also appear to rocks.]

Until I looked closer. This is a zoomed in image of the one above.
The one with the markings on its fur is about 11 years old.
[Dozens of sea lions lie beside and on top of each other. Most are black, but some are brown, and one has a mark in its fur (for tracking purposes).]

I was hundreds of feet from this Stellar sea lion. It may be a coincidence it was looking my direction.
[The head of a sea lion is completely above the water with its eyes, nose, mouth, and ears visible.]

Stellar sea lion cubs (they are black). As the sea lions mature, the fur becomes a light brown.
[One cub sits on a small rock with water touches its edges. Three other cubs are on a larger rock and completely out of the water.]

A lone Stellar sea lion cub. Stellar sea lions are 3-4 times as big as California sea lions.
[This dark brown/black sea lion has three of four flippers visible as it appears to sit up on the rocky surface.]

Adult Stellar sea lion.
[Sea lion with light brown fur and what appear to be sting marks on its back is lying on the rocky ground.]

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