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Every fall and winter in Washington state, as the rains come and the rivers rise, there's a traditional photo op that Northwesterners know well β€” of salmon swimming across standing water on highways. This time, they might have been fleeing a hungry sea lion.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Chelsea Hodgson shared these WSP photos of this big fella crossing a highway near Grays River, Wash., on Wednesday. The highway runs alongside the Grays River. The river empties into the mouth of the Columbia, where hungry sea lions are a problem for the salmon fishery. Also, it so happens the sea lion wasn't far from Seal Slough. 

It's a good reminder for drivers to be on the lookout for slow-moving vehicles, pedestrians, or pinnipeds, particularly on dark winter days. A big male sea lion can weigh well over 700 pounds.


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