Thursday, June 22, 2017

Trip Report - Day 2 - Sea Lions

While we were exploring Pier 39 on our day in San Francisco, we came across a whole bunch of sea lions lying on a number of docks.
The story we were told is that a few sea lions first appeared on these docks back in October of 1989, soon after a major earthquake hit San Francisco.  More and more kept arriving and they've kept coming back ever since.
They were fascinating to watch. Most of them were sleeping but some were falling or being knocked into the water and taking turns jumping back up on the docks.
There were frequent yawns.
And many very sleepy-looking sea lions!
And the occasional reminder that the sea lions are meant to be safe in this area, even if they weren't exactly welcomed when they first arrived.
What's the difference between a seal and a sea lion? Sea lions have external ear flaps. If you look closely at the following two photos, you can see them.
They really were fascinating to watch!

Day 80/100 - #100dayproject

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