At Point Labatt you can see sea-lions of all ages. They live, breed and die here. Females from this colony always return here to breed, often using the same patch of beach each year. Males wander far and wide, sometimes to colonies hundreds of kilometers away.
Most pupping and mating occurs in the prohibited area at the base of these cliffs. During these times the bulls become aggressive and territorial. They vigorously defend their mate from other males. The bulls stay ashore for weeks during the breeding season, too busy fighting and mating to eat.
At Point Labatt, pups are born every eighteen months; mid-winter one year, then mid-summer the next. Pups weigh around 7kg at birth. They depend entirely on their mother’s milk for the first year. After that they start chasing and occasionally catching fish. At about four weeks of age, baby sea-lions take to the sea for the first time, sometimes with help from their mothers. Young seal-lions play and frolic in this aquatic reserve protected by the offshore reefs.