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Sea Lion Caves

Listed under Caves & Caving in US West Coast, United States.

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The Sea Lion Caves is a commercial operation located along Oregon’s scenic coastal highway, U.S. Highway 101, about 12 miles north of the town of Florence. The caves were formed in basalt by wave action and house a native population of sea lions and marine birds. The giftshop/museum is perched high atop the windswept cliffs. The tour is self-guided; after purchasing a ticket you descend an elevator into the bowels of the rock, emerging into a carved tunnel from which you can view the bellowing sea lions in a vast, echoing chamber through cyclone fencing. The skeleton of a sea lion in enclosed in a glass case.

Written by  Greg Brick.

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