Over the past few months, the officials of Astoria Oregon have tried a few things to get rid of the hoards of loitering sea lions on its riverside piers. Beachballs? No effect. Even electrical shock mats didn't work. Except for tourists, nobody likes the sea lions being there, least of all the fishermen whose salmon catch the sea lions are gobbling up. They're loud and stinky and cause damage to the piers. Yesterday some guy from Washington brought down his giant fiberglass orca whale to see if that might scare them off. The prop accomodates a driver and includes a speaker that emits orca whale calls. It didn't work. The engine failed, and after they replaced that, the whole prop capsized due to waves created by a passing boat. The sea lions in the meantime looked on with their barking laughs as unphased and content as ever. They'll try this again in August. I say let them stay. I like seeing sea lions. And hell, they were eating salmon from the Columbia River long before WE ever came along. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!