FLORENCE, Ore. — More than 1,000 people headed to the Oregon Coast Saturday for the Sea Lion Cave’s 80th anniversary celebration. Tourists got to see hundreds of sea lions in their natural habitat.
In honor of the anniversary, the Sea Lion Cave charged 25 cents for admission, the same price it charged when the cave opened.
Some of the animals spent the afternoon swimming in the ocean, while others laid on the rocks.
The sea lions are a major part of the ocean ecology in Florence, which managers said they hope will remain consistent in the future.
The Sea Lion Cave employs around 55 people during the summer, making it one of the largest employers in the area.
“The only employers you might see that are much larger are things like the hospital and some of the government entities; so on the coast, it’s a big employer,” said Jay Bozievich, Lane County Commissioner.
The Sea Lion Cave donates a chunk of its earnings each year to local community organizations.