New sea lion family is causing a stir at Yorkshire Wildlife Park
The playful group is making waves with their antics at the new purpose-built dual-lake resort Point Lobos, which is the world’s largest screened sea lion facility. This new signature reserve, an investment of over Â£ 2million, is a significant development in the expansion of the park’s animal collection.
The spectacular main lake, which is 70m long and three meters deep, was filled with three million liters of water before it became the playground for a colony of six California sea lions.
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It is the focal point of the two-acre Point Lobos Preserve which is now home to sea lion parents Dominic, Bailey, both Lara, 13, 12 and their cubs Hanno, 2, Oakley, 2 and 1 year. Maui years.
They splash around in the water, climb over rocks and relax on sandy beaches as they settle into their new home, which offers as much land space as it does water surface.
âThe sea lions are such a joy to have around the park, they all have such vivid characters and are naturally active and playful that our visitors will love,â said John Minion, CEO of the park.
âThis is an incredible new facility. It includes multiple different characteristics and environments for sea lions and their optimal well-being. This includes careful lake color choices to ensure the sea lion’s eyes are protected from the sun’s rays and real sea salt in the water. There is a combination of deep water for snorkeling, vast expanses for them to swim and jump and rocks and beaches for them to enjoy while they rest out of the water.
“This species of sea lion is fortunately not currently endangered in the wild, but its habitat of giant kelp kelp forests is under threat, which will have an impact on other animal species as well,” birds and fish. Our sea lions will give us the opportunity to tell the story of what is happening in our oceans to our visitors and through our education programs to the thousands of school children who come to the park each day. year.
The reserve was named Point Lobos after the California Marine Protected Reserve, which stands for Point of Sea Wolves. California sea lions are also known in Spanish as “sea lions” because of the sound of their barking. It is their only means of communication and they can produce the bark both above and underwater. Sea lions are extremely strong swimmers and can reach speeds of almost 20 miles per hour in water.
They are mostly found in the shallower waters of the North Pacific Ocean where cold water streams mean lots of fish, huge underwater kelp forests provide protection and there are beaches of sand for sunbathing, resting and raising their young.
It took over 3 million liters of water to fill the main lake. Yorkshire Water sponsored and advised on the logistics of filling Point Lobos.
The area’s water company was impressed with the new water-efficient filtration system for lakes that recycles water every 2 hours.