Sea Shepherd :: Marine Mammal “Researcher” Observed Harassing and Possibly Abusing Sea Lions in Astoria, Oregon
On May 3, 2012, a Sea Shepherd Dam Guardian volunteer observed a man working around the sea lions traps in Astoria, Oregon. We understand his name is Matt and he may be a researcher from a California based marine mammal center. “Matt” was observed twice attempting to kick sea lions at the trap. He failed, but his actions constitute criminal violations of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and certainly do not reflect the actions we would expect from someone representing a marine mammal rescue center.
“Matt” has also been observed branding sea lions at the traps, chasing sea lions off of resting areas, and forcing sea lions into cages. He pokes them with sticks, . . .