Oregon's Governor Barbara Roberts called Sea Lion Caves "a rare wildlife viewing opportunity" that is "visitor friendly." As expressed in a letter of appreciation, the Governor noted that this year marks the 60th anniversary for Sea Lion Caves since opening for visitors in August 1932.
In her letter, the Governor commended Sea Lion Caves for its contribution towards "bringing out-of-state visitors and Oregonians alike" to the Coast.
"On behalf of all Oregonians," the Governor wrote, "please accept our appreciation for your efforts in maintaining this wonderful natural resource."
Governor Roberts further characterized Sea Lion Caves as representing "a valuable state tourism asset which should continue to draw visitors in increasing numbers in the future."
Situated north of Florence midway on the Oregon coast, the sea cave was discovered by Captain William Cox in 1880, and in 1887 he acquired it from the State of Oregon. Later his heirs sold the property, and since the early thirties, the same three families have owned and operated the attraction.
The sea cave is considered to be one of the largest in the world. With rock ledges outside, it is today the only known year-round home for Steller Sea Lions remaining on the North American mainland.
In observance of the 60th year as a privately owned business, Hod Johnson, general manager, stated "We wish to reiterate the firm policy of the owners and managers of Sea Lion Caves. We shall continue to preserve Sea Lion Caves for the enjoyment of people from all over the world. We shall protect this unique natural resource as a sanctuary for sea lions and variety of seabirds. They must always be able to live here in the wild, undisturbed by human activities."