A Visit from a Sea Lion (Australia)

How extraordinary, a visit from a sea lion. The sea lion was seen waddling up the road in Brighton Victoria. Sea Lions are very rare in this part of Australia, they are usually in Western Australia and South Australia, so what on earth this sea lion was doing in this part of OZ is anybody’s guess. To get to this road the sea lion was on, it had to waddle up the sand, then go up the beach stairs till it reached the road. A really big effort, it seems it was on a mission.

Then the sea lion continued down the road until it decided Hmm… This looks like a place I may be able to get something to eat, and lo and behold, the owners of the house saw the sea lion looking through the glass into the kitchen. Needless to say they just couldn’t believe it. 🙂

Police were called and they then blocked everything off so the sea lion could go back to the beach without any problems.

Sgt Wayne Carter, of Bayside police, said Wildlife Victoria officers were alerted, but the sea lion disappeared back into the bay before they got there.

“It was one of the stranger calls I’ve been on,” Sgt Carter said. From the Herald Sun.

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10 Responses to A Visit from a Sea Lion (Australia)

  1. Selma says:

    That is such a cute story. Obviously a bit of a happy wanderer. I’m so glad he was found safe.

  2. travelrat says:

    I recently saw a TV programme about animals being seen where they normally wouldn’t be, & two theories were put forward.

    The first, and, for me, the most plausible, is that the creature’s ‘inbuilt navigation system’ was temporarily thrown out by a small fluctuation in the earth’s magnetic field, caused by seismic activity or something. The other suggested that it may be attracted by the mating call or distress call of a similar creature in a nearby zoo.

    Full marks to the scientists, too … they said repeatedly that these were only theories!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi travelrat,
      I agree with the first theory as well, sounds about right. It is good to know that scientists are putting good theories forward, and letting people know that they are only theories.

  3. What a delightful surprise for those homeowners! The sea lion looks like it has some scarring on its side. One has to wonder if global warming and the changing ocean temperatures might also be confusing to some creatures. The video is beautiful – the sea lions look so friendly and curious!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Barbara,
      They are lovely animals, it must of been a shock to the people in the house to see those big beautiful eyes staring through the glass.

  4. Kymbo says:

    Probably not enough food left for them in the Southern Ocean? They were very rare here in upper Spencer Gulf until recently, now there are several small colonies dotted here and there and we have a colony of NZ Fur Seals right here in Whyalla. They seem comfortable and unwilling to leave. On the flipside though…seals were hunted for furs and blubber and their numbers decimated when whites moved here 200 yrs ago, who knows where there were common then, so perhaps they’re just moving back.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Kymbo,
      I agree, we really don’t know where these sea lions used to “hang out” all those years ago, and now people have stopped hunting these lovely animals (in most parts of the world anyway) and their numbers increase, surely they will have to expand their horizons to make room for new colony’s.

  5. souldipper says:

    Oh Mags…we humans do such damage – all around the globe. The young woman is right – we need to stop these actions. Thank goodness for caring people who helped the sea lion return to the water.

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