Pier 39 – San Francisco, California

The Fisherman’s Wharf is many things to many people, but to a group of California Sea Lions, it is home.


At the marina’s K-dock, a group of Sea Lions can be found throughout the year, basking in the sun, barking, and displaying all kinds of attention-grabbing antics.


The Sea Lions first started making their presence felt at Pier 39 after the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989.  Droves arrived, and by the January of 1990, they had commandeered the dock.


Thankfully, the City of San Francisco left the dock to the Sea Lions, and tourists from all over the world have been enjoying them ever since.  The Sea Lions, who inhabit the dock on their own accord, barking out to the visitors who gawk at them, are immensely entertaining, and is perhaps an antidote to the surfeit of artificial attractions there.

Check here to watch a live Webcam of the Sea Lions!


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For a moment there, I thought you were talking about some basketball or American football group!! It is nice to have these natural mascots present in a country to welcome jet-lagged tourists with their gregarious bark-like greetings. I am currently planning for a trip to Melbourne in September which will specifically look at seeing as many animals – kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, koalas and of course penguins – during our stint there. My son just loves animals!

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Hi Walter, yeah, the California Sea Lions does sound like some football team doesn’t it! Given some Asians’ nefarious reputation for “wild game,” I was hoping that no one would have gastronomic ambitions when I said that tourists have been “enjoying” the Sea Lions since they made Pier 39 home. 😉

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