This is a series of sea caves that are open to the Pacific Ocean. There is human access through a gift shop.
The ocean continually washes into the main chamber, which is 125 feet high and about 2 acres in total size. There is also a low-level passage that runs 1,000 feet to another opening that is flooded at times and water-free at others. There are also two higher entrances.
According to Wikipedia, "The sea level portion of this cave and the sea cliff rocks just outside the cave have become, over the centuries, the only known mainland rookery and hauling area (wintering home) of the Stellar Sea Lion and-to a lesser extent-the California Sea Lion. . . .Sea Lion Caves is one of the great sea grottos of the world, comparable in size and coloration to the famed Blue Grotto in the Mediterranean."
There are several vantage points available for watching the sea lions, as well as a whale-watching deck that affords a view of about 20 miles out into the ocean.
Posted by Greg Heil on March 16, 2012
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