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Fun Facts About Sea Lions for a Wildlife Tour

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At Pybus Point Lodge, we're proud to serve as much more than just a fishing outlet. While fishing for numerous top fish in Alaska is indeed one of our top themes offered in numerous different programs, we also offer a variety of other fun pursuits -- and many people find their greatest anticipation comes within various sea and wildlife tours we offer.

One such tour that many of our guests look forward to with each visit, including many of our younger guests: Our guided tours to see seals and sea lions, which many kids who visit Alaska have never seen before in-person. These tours often serve not only as great fun, but also as fantastic educational experiences for young people to learn more about new creatures on our planet. With this in mind, here are a few simple facts and details about sea lions (the rarer of these two for most kids) that you can pass on to your kids during any such adventure.

Swimming and Breathing

When seeing sea lions for the first time, kids will often ask about how they swim and breathe. Sea lions are strong, powerful swimmers who can reach up to 20 miles per hour in the water. They can hold their breath for up to six minutes, which is why they are often seen diving down to hunt for fish.

However, sea lions cannot breathe underwater, which is why they must come up to the surface to breathe. They can do this quickly, often taking only a few seconds to catch a breath. They breathe through their nostrils, which are naturally closed during most of their activities -- but then open up when they need to take in air.

Lifespan

The average lifespan for sea lions in the wild is typically about 20 years, but it can be closer to 30 years for sea lions in human care. This difference is because sea lions in the wild face many dangers, such as being killed by sharks or becoming entangled in fishing nets.

Pups

Sea lion pups, or young, are born with a thick coat of fur, which helps them to keep warm in the cold water. They weigh about 22 pounds at birth and can swim and dive right away. Their mothers nurse them for about six months, after which the pups will start to learn how to hunt and feed themselves.

Sea Lions vs. Seals

The main difference between sea lions and seals is that sea lions have external ears, while seals do not. Sea lions also have a visible mane of fur around their neck, which seals do not. Finally, sea lions are typically larger than seals.

For more on sea lions and seals, or to learn about any of our wildlife tours or Alaskan fishing adventures, speak to the staff at Pybus Point Lodge today.

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65% OF OUR GUESTS ARE RETURN CUSTOMERS

Discover why people like you can’t stop talking about Pybus Point Lodge. More than 30 years ago, the lodge opened as a simple fishing camp, drawing a devoted following in spite of basic accommodations. With new owners and experienced captains and crew, our corner of Alaska has become an unbeatable fishing and eco-tourism resort.

Andrea Tate

Incredible Experience!

Pybus Point Lodge has some of the most stunning scenery I’ve ever seen. I mean absolutely breathtaking! In addition to the amazing fishing, I hiked to a beautiful secluded lake, soaked in some hot pots, saw several waterfalls, went whale watching, saw bears and all kinds of wildlife and marine life. As a photographer, photographing a wedding under a waterfall will remain a highlight of my life.

Shirley Johnson

Pybus Point Lodge - WOW!

We had the best time! This was our first visit to Pybus, but it definitely will not be our last. The stunning scenery, amazing fishing experience, and the joy of meeting new friends – all outstanding! We did not want to leave!!! If you are thinking about this trip – don’t think any more, just book it. You will not regret it!!!

Sharon Hedding

Trip of a Lifetime!

We had such an amazing time the staff was so wonderful and the lodge was fantastic! capt Joe was so helpful and always doing what ever he could do to make each day special. a special thank you to both Scott and Jody for taking the time to make us feel like family. can't wait to go back next year

Jason Nielsen

Wonderful and Magical Place

We had an amazing business retreat to Pybus Point Lodge.  Everything was top notch... the fishing, the staff, the boat captains, the food, the accommodations, and especially the scenery. I really liked that Pybus took care of everything from start to finish. Chef John is an amazing cook. We had delicious hot meals the entire trip.  The cabins were amazing and very comfortable.  The fishing was awesome and that’s coming from a guy that doesn’t fish that much.

Brandon Foote

We brought home 100lbs of fish!

My wife and I spent a week at Pybus Point this Summer. We had a beautiful, private room overlooking the bay and our own new, ensuite, private bathroom. What an amazing place for couples to get away together. We set our own breakfast time, met our boat captain after, fished the day along, and returned to clean up and enjoy a nice dinner at the restaurant. Next time Alaska is on the trip list, Sherrie and I will go together, and it will be to Pybus Point!

Kent Danjanovich

Fun in Alaska

This was my first trip to Pybus Point. I stayed in one of their new cabins. The accommodations were incredible, the view onto the bay in the mornings was stunning. I loved the staff and the food was really very good. All of this and they have new boats to take you out onto fairly calm waters to fish. The fishing guides were great. Overall a great experience. Definitely going back.

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