The Sea Lions Are Gone

What a strange thing.  The world famous sea lions at Pier 39 in San Francisco have just up and left, leaving one of the biggest tourist attractions in the city slightly empty.  It’s actually quite fascinating.  The animals first arrived at the pier in 1989 shortly after the giant earthquake of the same year.  Over the last 19 years they have become a massive tourist draw, a favourite destination for visitors to the city.  Indeed when we were in San Francisco on honeymoon a couple of years ago one of my favourite trips was down to Fisherman’s Wharf to check these animals out.  Being a wildlife nut it was pretty amazing to see these animals in such volume and in such an accesible location.  I can’t think of many places in the world you can go and find such an amazing sight without any real effort or patience.  Recently there were apparently 1500 of the creatures at the pier.  It really is an amazing sight and it’s very noisey as well.  They never shut up, so I was pretty glad we’d chose a hotel at Union Square rather than in proximity to pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf!  Anyways, they’ve gone.  Fucked off.  Disappeared.  1500 has been reduced to about 20 apparently.  We were thinking this morning that it would have been funny if you’d just arrived to see them and they all just got up and left one by one.   Imagine the disappointment.  You were the catalyst for their departure.  

Well it’s apparently baffling experts.  They think it might be something to do with searching for a food source.  Their favourite food being sardines and anchovies it seems they may have left in search of these creatures.  The really sad thing is that San Francisco had a 20th anniversary party planned for the animals in January.  Seems they don’t want to be around for the party.  Another theory floating about apparently is that they have sensed an imminent earthquake and legged it.  Not sure how plausible that theory is but animals never cease to amaze me so you just never know.  One way or another I do hope they return because they were such an amazing part of the San Francisco experience.  One of the many special things about that wonderful city.  I will keep you posted on the search for the sea lions over the coming weeks.  I know Dav esepcially will expect that much of me!

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