Pier 39 Wildlife
No, I’m not talking about that crazy kid with blue hair … I’m talking about the sea lions! These famous creatures have made Pier 39 their home ever since 1989, and although their numbers fluctuate a lot during the year (as many as 1,500 have been counted on a single day), there is almost always at least a few gorgeous creatures lounging around on the docks. When we stopped by, there were probably about 2 dozen animals enjoying the late afternoon sun. One of these guys tried to get on a pontoon that was already pretty full, and he nearly flipped them all over! Luckily disaster was averted when a larger animal roundly chastised him (with quite a loud bray), and he (or she?) proceeded to a different launch all alone.
Alex and I quite enjoyed our brush with the sea lions, although the crowds of mothers and strollers and screaming little kids may have contributed to our brief stay on the pier.