Meanwhile over at the sea lion colony, it’s like a “Summer Day Spa” as they lie on the sand across the beach, all that’s missing is beach umbrellas! The sea lions snooze as they sunbathe under the hot sun all the while wearing their fur coats! When they get too hot though the sea is only a few steps away to take a dip. Some of the young male sea lions practice not only cool off, but spend time practicing their sparring in the shallow waves. “The Beast” who is quite sandy and clearly exhausted is stretched out in the sun. He is apparently too tired to run down the beach and chase the young males away. Instead he raises his head up a bit, gives a half-hearted bark and then immediately goes back to sleep. It is enough for “The Beast” to even do this because the young males move away. In the “kiddie pool” the two-month old sea lion pups cavort together delightfully. A designated “baby sitter” lets out a yawn either bored or simply ready to take a nap. The sea lion pups, of course, seem to have endless energy and play and play. Occasionally a pup will break away to find his mom on the beach & have lunch! Summer with the sea lions is such a delight!
There are now 12 sea lion pups in La Jolla, California. These pups are only a few weeks old! Sea lion mothers nurse their pups for one year. Mother’s must leave their pups alone for periods of time to go out to catch fish so they can produce breast milk to feed their pup. These marine mammals are federally protected. Remember to stay back 50 feet to respectfully observe them. These are wild marine mammals and no matter how cute they look, they can bite!