“Hellooo Ladies! Howz it going?” says the young male sea lion approaching the sea lion colony on the beach. “The Beast”, head sea lion, immediately swims up & doesn’t even have to approach the young male who immediately gallops off down the beach. No one messes with “The Beast”!
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!
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