Saturday, January 2, 2010
Pier 39 Sea Lions Vanish?
I took both the photo and video about a year ago down at Pier 39
Just as quickly as they appeared twenty years ago along the docks @ Pier 39, our beloved sea lions have vanished overnight. What use to be a flock of hundreds of barking lions are now down to a mere half dozen. It's been a mystery and everyone is scratching their heads. The sea lions feed on herring during the Winter months and due to a shift in water currents etc... it is believed that their food source has vanished leaving them to find their food elsewhere. It has been reported in recent months that many swimmers and fisherman in the area do not like the lions treading on their space. As a result, no one really knows what has happened to our major source of tourist dollars.
The sea lions are one of the top tourist attractions in San Francisco and attract people to Pier 39 all year long. If not for the sea lions, especially during the Winter months, how will retail survive and more importantly, what is a tourist to do?
January 15th will be the twentieth anniversary of when the lions appeared at Pier 39. Pier 39 has a party planned to celebrate the anniversary. Will the guests of honor show up?
You can read the full story here.
Here is the latest from ABS News: