Inflatable air dancers, staples of used car lots and mattress stores nationwide, were given new a purpose along the docks of the East End Mooring Basin.
The Port of Astoria used a handful of the nylon, tube-shaped dancers to scare sea lions and harbor seals off the dock Thursday morning.
As the colorful cartoonish creatures filled with air, sea lions and harbor seals in the immediate vicinity quickly took to the water while other sea lions, just one dock over, stayed put.
“Our suspicion is that this is just temporary,” said Jim Knight, executive director of the Port, standing on the east basin causeway overlooking the air dancers. “But off to my left is Knappa High School students installing the first section of rails, which will be the permanent solution.”
Student welders from Knappa will fabricate steel railings to line the Port docks, which Knight said has proven effective in other ports at keeping sea lions off docks.