ANIMALS – It is an unusual invasion experienced by the inhabitants of Tomé in Chile. More than 300 sea lions have landed on the beaches of the city and do not seem to want to leave. A colony that the inhabitants already know since a group of fishermen had met these animals in the open sea, as you can see in our video at the top of the article.
According to local authorities, the massive arrival of this group of sea lions on the coast could be caused by the presence of orcas, one of the natural predators of these mammals, in the bay. The strong winds that hit the Bio Bio region could also be an explanation.
On June 12, a fishing boat was stormed by sea lions trying to escape a group of orcas. The scene had been filmed by a member of the crew.
In the city of Tomé, no major incidents have been recorded so far. The seaside town is located about 500 km south of Chile’s capital, Santiago. The arrival of sea lions even seems to be becoming a tourist attraction. The authorities have asked the population not to feed or approach the marine animals.
Sea lions are protected animals in Chile. There are around 138,000 according to the last census carried out in 2019 by the University of Valparaiso. The largest populations are located in the southern part of the country.
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