Sea Lions go walkabout

Finn, the California Sea Lion, takes a look inside the new marine rescue centre at Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium.
Finn, the California Sea Lion, takes a look inside the new marine rescue centre at Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium.

Two sea lions are delighting daily visitors to Tynemouth’s Blue Reef aquarium by going walkabout around their new enclosure.

California sea lions Finn and Lucy arrived at the local North Tyneside attraction earlier in the year as the main part of an outdoor feature.

Since then the pair have settled in well and keepers have began allowing them out and about for regular walks to familiarise themselves with their new surroundings.

Keeper Kylie Warner said: “Finn and Lucy are very used to people so they are not at all shy of exploring. These regular walkabout sessions are great land exercise for them and also gives visitors a great opportunity to see them at really close quarters.

“Finn in particular is very inquisitive and has taken to staring through the window of our new Marine Rescue Centre to watch staff inside.”

Sea Lions are known for their playfulness, intelligence and noisy barking. They are extremely agile in water and also on land because they have large front flippers that are strong enough to balance their weight on them.

Although once under threat, their population has increased due to the protection afforded by the marine mammal protection act.