- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) - Sea lions that have yet to be scared of beach balls, tape, mechanical orcas or electrical mats may have met their match with the Port of Astoria’s newest hires: inflatable air dancers.

The Daily Astorian reports (https://goo.gl/MWM6UV ) that the port has installed the nylon, tube-shaped dancers to scare sea lions and harbor seals off the dock. The dancers are most commonly associated with used car lots and mattress stores, but when they inflated for the first time Thursday they seemed to work to scare the pinnipeds away.

Port officials say they suspect the fear will only be a temporary solution to the sea lions, which have become a nuisance to the city and commercial fishermen because they damage docks and eat too many salmon.

The port is installing steel railings as a more permanent impediment.

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Information from: The Daily Astorian, https://www.dailyastorian.com

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