Sea Liones hauling-out at the Port of Astoria East Mooring Basin - Astoria, Oregon
Sea Lions hauling-out. Hauling-out is the behavior associated with pinnipeds (true seals, sea lions, fur seals and walruses), of temporarily leaving the water between periods of foraging activity for sites on land or ice. Hauling-out is necessary in seals for mating (with the exception of the Baikal seal) and giving birth (though a distinction is generally made between reproductive aggregations, termed “rookeries”, and non-reproductive aggregations, termed “haul-outs”). Other benefits of hauling-out may include predator avoidance, thermal regulation, social activity, parasite reduction and rest.
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