Chinook, the new 800 pound California sea lion, is on display at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. He grew up in Washington but was moved to an aquatic facility in California for several years as part of an effort to save endangered salmon stocks in the Columbia River. The distinctive brand on his back was made by National Marine Fisheries officials both as a way to study marine mammals long term and to identify predatory sea lions who were depleting stocks of endangered salmon. Peter Haley phaley@thenewstribune.com
Chinook, the new 800 pound California sea lion, is on display at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. He grew up in Washington but was moved to an aquatic facility in California for several years as part of an effort to save endangered salmon stocks in the Columbia River. The distinctive brand on his back was made by National Marine Fisheries officials both as a way to study marine mammals long term and to identify predatory sea lions who were depleting stocks of endangered salmon. Peter Haley phaley@thenewstribune.com

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Sea lion to make splashy debut at Point Defiance Zoo

July 26, 2016 2:20 PM

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