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!
POLKA-DOTTED SEA GULL CHICKS ARRIVE! La Jolla has become a breeding site now for the California Western Gulls. I counted more than 30 seagull nests from the La Jolla Cove to South Casa Beach this June. It is a rare treat to be able to see the sea gull chicks with their polka-dotted feathers and their huge feet. It takes only a week before they start jumping up & down & flapping their wings as if to say “I can’t wait to fly!” Both parents take care of the sea gull chicks so it is a real family environment. The seagull parents must protect their chicks from marauding gulls who will try to steal the fish & tuna crabs that they regurgitate for their chicks to eat. Continue reading