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!
THE SIGN SAYS IT ALL. If people stand back away from the sea lions, they get to view them in a peaceful & respectful way. Seeing these marine mammals sleeping in La Jolla is just a delightful thing. Seeing the sea lions surrounded by people moving ever closer & closer to stick a camera in their face? Not so much. Whenever you have the opportunity to experience the sea lions in La Jolla, stay back, keep your voices quiet & just watch them be their adorable wild selves. This way the sea lions get to enjoy living their lives in peace & visitors get to enjoy watching them without the risk of getting bitten or chasing them away. See these smiling sleeping sea lion faces? They thank you for letting them live in peace.
SUMMER WALKS ON THE BEACH catch sea gull chicks close to fledging, sea lions snoozing & swimming around to stay cool. Kelp pods & sea shells on the beach at low tide are gifts from the sea. The Lion Rock in La Jolla spews sea water at high tide! 2015 Art Journal by an artist by-the-sea in San Diego.