Feeding the Sea Lions in Depoe Bay

Posted by Kristi / February 12, 2009

The summer before last, our group of six (me, my husband, our two daughters, my Mom, and my Mother-in-law) took our yearly trip to the coast. Of course my husband and I went out fishing one day, but that is just never enough for us.

After wetting our appetites crabbing off the fishing boat, we decided to try our hands at it from shore. The following evening we dropped the Mom’s off at the restaurant, and we took the kids down to the docks to throw a couple of crab pots in. We thought we were awfully lucky to be the only ones there, figuring the docks would be packed with other crabbers.

We loaded the pots and my husband threw them in. Even though only a few minutes had passed, we decided to pull up the first pot to see how it was doing. Imagine our surprise, when we found the pot was stripped! We loaded it up again, and threw it back out. Tentatively, we pulled up the other pot. It was cleaned out too!

As we stood there scratching our heads, I glanced out in the water in front of us. There within feet of the dock, was a sea lion sticking his head up, and looking right at us as if to say…. “Are you going to throw me some more food, or what?”

As much as we were laughing, we’re lucky none of us fell in the water. Outfoxed, we cleaned up and raced over to the restaurant. Sheepishly, we told our story to the Mom’s…. and then ordered a big plate of crabs.

Mike, Kristi, Shaylee and Inez Hendrickson

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  1. Mike says:

    great story and sounds familiar…. I did that too!

    posted February 20, 2009 at 11:31 am
  2. Shaylee says:

    Great story Mom. When can we go again?!?

    posted February 20, 2009 at 12:39 pm
  3. Sylvia says:

    What a great trip. I second Shaylee – when can we go again?

    posted February 20, 2009 at 2:10 pm
  4. Chris Bonner says:

    Kristi, that’s so funny, i guess you could say those seal weren’t dummies huh!!

    I love the coast it’s sounded like you had a great time. thanks for the story.

    posted February 20, 2009 at 2:29 pm
  5. Stan says:

    Makes me want to go visit the coast again. I miss being able to get over there on the weekends as we did when we lived in Corvallis.

    posted February 20, 2009 at 2:49 pm
  6. Debbie says:

    Kristi,
    I would love to make that trip. I love to see the beauty of nature and all of God’s creatures. My hubby and grandson would have talked for months about the sea lion and would have enjoyed watching him more than catching fish.
    Debbie

    posted February 21, 2009 at 6:24 am
  7. dellie says:

    cute story;always nice to have a few extra “attractions” thrown in free of charge when you’re on vacation!!

    posted February 21, 2009 at 4:51 pm
  8. Tammi Barrick says:

    And who said an mamal doesn’t know how to get a meal? Great story!

    posted February 21, 2009 at 6:41 pm
  9. Fred Wolfe says:

    I want to hear about the golfing…

    posted February 21, 2009 at 9:17 pm
  10. Judy says:

    Great story. I lived in Oregon for a year. Wish I could get to the coast. But I would definetely watch out for the sea lions.

    posted February 21, 2009 at 10:04 pm
  11. Joyce says:

    What a great story. One of these days I hope to make it to Oregon. It sounds wonderful.

    Thanks,
    Joyce

    posted February 21, 2009 at 10:05 pm
  12. Kit says:

    I lived in Depoe Bay and those Sea Lions are tricky.
    I was a coastguardsman and lived just up the hill from that wonderful bay. Hope you remember to visit the Spouting Horn at the sea wall, the big spray is fun on a hot day.

    posted February 21, 2009 at 10:58 pm
  13. Marjorie Zurfehr says:

    Great story and one everyone will remember for a long time. I’ll bet the kids still had fun and it was a family outing which is great, Enjoy your time together the kids grow up so fast.

    posted February 21, 2009 at 11:01 pm
  14. Linda says:

    Sounds like you all had a wonderful day with lots of fun, laughter and time spent with family.
    Linda South Australia

    posted February 21, 2009 at 11:20 pm
  15. Brenda says:

    Great story and sounds like you had a great time. Smart sea lions and I bet they were really thanking you for feeding them. Sounds like something I would do.

    posted February 22, 2009 at 12:14 am
  16. Joy O. says:

    Our group was sitting at the terminal in FL when I read your story outloud. When I finished, others around us joined in the laughter. What a special experiance!

    posted February 22, 2009 at 4:10 am
  17. Patricia says:

    Makes me want to visit right now!

    posted February 22, 2009 at 6:57 am
  18. Carol says:

    Great story. This has happened to us, too. Glad we’re not the only ones helping out the sea lions!

    posted February 22, 2009 at 9:55 am
  19. Marietta Howard says:

    Great story! Sounds like you have a wonderful family that loves to have fun. Thank you for the story.

    posted February 22, 2009 at 2:40 pm
  20. Rosalyn says:

    Cute story- picture should have been taken of the satisfied sea lion.

    posted February 22, 2009 at 3:31 pm
  21. sylvia says:

    great story – hope you win

    posted February 22, 2009 at 4:38 pm
  22. Sandy says:

    What a wonderful story and wonderful memory for all of you. Just seeing the name Depoe Bay brought back some wonderful memories of the only time I was ever there with my husband & sons when we went to Oregon so they could meet my father. He took us to Depoe Bay so my guys could have their first deep sea fishing adventure. I’m sure when you mention sea lions to your daughters, they will always remember this delightful story. Thanks for sharing.

    posted February 22, 2009 at 5:28 pm
  23. Ruth Hampson says:

    Wonderful story. What great fun your family has together and will always have these stories to share! As with the weather, you never know what wildlife will do!

    posted February 22, 2009 at 6:32 pm
  24. Kristi Hendrickson says:

    People have asked me why we didn’t take a picture of the offending sea lion….

    Unfortunately/fortunately we didn’t have the camera with us that evening. It would have probably been dropped in the water while we were rolling with laughter!

    It was a great family experience. Thank you for all the comments =)

    Kristi

    posted February 23, 2009 at 10:55 am
  25. Marilyn says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience with us. It sounds like you had a lot of fun and some great memories for the whole family. When you go next time don’t for get the camera. Would love to see the pictures.

    posted February 23, 2009 at 12:36 pm
  26. Jennifer says:

    a wonderful read!!!

    posted February 23, 2009 at 12:38 pm
  27. Chris says:

    Gotta love those sea lions!

    posted February 23, 2009 at 12:40 pm
  28. Tracy says:

    Great story!

    posted February 23, 2009 at 12:52 pm
  29. Mary-Lyn says:

    very cute story. Sounds like you had fun anyway.

    posted February 23, 2009 at 12:54 pm
  30. Barb says:

    Darn cagey sea lions. Hope you had better luch the rest of your trip. Cute story.

    posted February 23, 2009 at 12:58 pm
  31. Sam Johnson says:

    What a great story! We’ve been to Depoe Bay just to look for sea lions and didn’t find any. You all were lucky!

    posted February 23, 2009 at 1:05 pm
  32. Kathy says:

    Cute story!

    posted February 23, 2009 at 1:17 pm
  33. Arloa says:

    Makes me hungry for crabs!!!

    posted February 23, 2009 at 1:40 pm
  34. Jim says:

    Sounds like a great trip……loved the picture.

    posted February 23, 2009 at 1:42 pm
  35. Lisa says:

    Great story! Makes me want to go!

    posted February 23, 2009 at 2:11 pm
  36. John says:

    Very funny story! I’ve never been that close to a sealion so that must have been sort of shocking. Sounds like you had a great time!

    posted February 23, 2009 at 2:40 pm
  37. Jerry says:

    That is a great family vacation memory, and funny story!

    posted February 23, 2009 at 2:51 pm
  38. alyssa says:

    That is sooo funny!

    posted February 23, 2009 at 3:13 pm
  39. Heidi says:

    That is such a great story, I bet you and the kids can’t wait to go back! My husband and I are wanting to visit the coast as well, maybe this summer..

    posted February 23, 2009 at 3:37 pm
  40. Pam says:

    Reminds me of one of our earlier camping trips when the racoons opened our coolers and helped themselves to our raw pork chops, corn on the cob, etc. that we were going to grill for dinner the next night! We learn by doing as they say! LOL

    posted February 23, 2009 at 3:37 pm
  41. Diana says:

    Great story!

    posted February 23, 2009 at 5:16 pm
  42. Marti says:

    Good story…I thought it was going to be something scarier than a sea lion. I have never fished with pots just chicken legs so I want to know how to do it with pots.

    posted February 23, 2009 at 7:11 pm
  43. Rachel says:

    Wow, that sounds like a fishing trip you will never forget! [:-)

    posted February 23, 2009 at 8:13 pm
  44. John Motime says:

    yeah, I had that happen to me in Depoe bay. It was pretty funny when we found out too.

    posted February 23, 2009 at 9:34 pm
  45. Heather says:

    Great Story. My family loves the Oregon Coast too.

    posted February 23, 2009 at 10:55 pm
  46. Letia says:

    Sounds like a fun vacation memory!

    posted February 23, 2009 at 10:59 pm
  47. Mary says:

    Sounds familiar. I was at the same spot the year before and recognize the wood carvings in front of the restaurant where your picture was taken. (Great place to eat.) Had fun watching the fishing boats go in and out and watching the men cleaning their catches. No shortage of sea lions sunning themselves. And kudos for taking two mothers-in-law along! That really says something about you. I would NEVER have done that.

    posted February 23, 2009 at 11:05 pm
  48. Lora says:

    WOW, I wish I was there too. Great Story

    posted February 24, 2009 at 6:18 am
  49. Lora says:

    Amazing…Sounds like lots of fun!!!

    posted February 24, 2009 at 6:19 am
  50. Lyndsay says:

    That’s a classic!!! Oh, I want to go visit the coast!

    posted February 24, 2009 at 6:47 am
  51. Debbie says:

    Makes me long for the time I spent in NW Washington State. Less than a mile from the Olympic National Forest. Use to take a picnic lunch out and watch the bay activity from the forested area. Oh how I miss that. Can I go with Ya’ when you go back?

    posted February 24, 2009 at 7:00 am
  52. Karen says:

    I love this story. I can see that sea lion now looking at you. How fun.

    posted February 24, 2009 at 7:42 am
  53. Bob says:

    Great Story…

    posted February 24, 2009 at 8:01 am
  54. Catherine says:

    What a great story!

    posted February 24, 2009 at 8:12 am
  55. Julie says:

    VERY funny story! Those sea lions will get you every time. I will be visiting Depoe Bay in April and will remember your story and tell the kids!

    posted February 24, 2009 at 8:47 am
  56. Alma says:

    And who says us humans are the smarter species? Very funny story. Sounds like the kind of thing I’d do.

    posted February 24, 2009 at 9:54 am
  57. Diane says:

    Kristi, I’m a friend of Mary Fran, and she shared this with me. What a great memory the girls will have, for a LONG time to come!

    posted February 24, 2009 at 10:27 am
  58. Tiff~ says:

    That is so funny! I hope next time you will get a pic of that lil creature!

    posted February 24, 2009 at 10:38 am
  59. Cheryl says:

    The crabs were lucky that day. LOL

    posted February 24, 2009 at 11:37 am
  60. Sadie says:

    We’ve been thinking of vising the coast for the past several years – this sounds like a lot of fun for our family.

    posted February 24, 2009 at 12:49 pm
  61. bill hance says:

    Very Good!!!!!!!!!!!

    posted February 24, 2009 at 3:12 pm
  62. Deb says:

    What a wonderful memory for your family. It sounds like a fun trip and something you look forward to every year. Thanks for sharing your story with me.

    posted February 24, 2009 at 7:54 pm
  63. Mike says:

    What a wonderful story and memories for your family to treasure!

    posted February 25, 2009 at 9:02 am
  64. Cousin Debbie says:

    What a great time!! You should come east and go fishing with us. We crab on the Hudson August and fish the Sound the rest of the spring and summer. Miss you.

    posted February 25, 2009 at 10:30 am
  65. dave rusev says:

    Funny story… I think that Depot Bay is the quaintest little coastal community that I’ve ever been in. Thanks for the story !

    posted February 25, 2009 at 10:40 am
  66. tom Campbell says:

    Looks like you had a fun trip!

    posted February 25, 2009 at 12:51 pm
  67. Carolee says:

    Kristi:
    Remember me? You used to work for me at Bogus Basin when you were just a kid. We love the coast and all the seafood that goes with it.

    posted February 25, 2009 at 4:32 pm
  68. Unca Tommy says:

    Those Sea Lions are crafty devils. I wonder if he’s waiting for the return of those tourists that bring dinner!!

    posted February 25, 2009 at 8:38 pm
  69. Kim McKillop says:

    This is the quintessential Oregon Coast adventure. For as many years as I have visited the area, these are the memories that make a family vacation truly outstanding. Ahh. . .makes me want to get in my car right now!

    posted February 26, 2009 at 7:53 am
  70. Gene Bonner says:

    This is a wonderfull story, It’s really great that you had the chance to write this down and share it. Too often we don’t take time to stop and appreciate the funnier side of life. I’m looking forward to the next story.

    posted February 26, 2009 at 9:03 pm
  71. Yvonne says:

    Wonderful and funny tale.

    posted February 27, 2009 at 2:25 pm
  72. Linnea says:

    I love Depoe Bay! Beautiful place!

    posted March 18, 2009 at 4:46 pm
  73. OCVA says:

    Congratulations! Your story is the winner of February’s ‘Share your Story’ contest. You have won a trip for 2 on Jerry’s Rogue Jets in Gold Beach.
    http://www.roguejets.com/

    posted April 1, 2009 at 9:35 am
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