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Love Where You Live



By Deborah Short

In recent days, we have been blessed with the return of Sea Lions barking, grunting and honking in an elaborate symphony. Parking lots are packed as people come to catch a glimpse of them. Families gather on beaches in celebration of their return. Children race to the beach and clap their hands in glee as they watch the sea lions play, leaping in and out of the waves. Professional photographers zoom their lenses to get the perfect picture and others sit for hours watching the spectacular show, nature extraordinaire. After a long winter these sea lions not only bring joy to so many, but they bring communities together. Numerous people travel from different areas of Vancouver simply to share in the splendour.

In Canada, all Seals and Sea Lions are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and some are protected under the Endangered Species Act. It is against the law to harm and/or disturb a marine mammal and boaters must reduce speed, minimize wake, wash and noise, keep a respectful / legal distance and slowly pass without stopping. Swimming, feeding, touching, moving, luring or coaxing of seals and sea lions is prohibited and could separate one from its group.

Anyone who witnesses harassment of these mammals is encouraged to immediately report the incident to: Department of Fisheries and Oceans 1-800-465-4336.

All photographs provided as evidence can be emailed to: radio.room@dfo-mpo.gc.ca


Photo Courtesy of Deborah Short.

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