Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Shark feeding ground...
The Fishermans Wharf is a shopping center and popular tourist attraction in San Francisco, California. There are shops, restaurants, a video arcade, street performances, an interpretive center for the Marine Mammal Center, the Aquarium of the Bay, virtual 3D rides, and views of California sea lions hauled out on docks of the marina. Off all the attractions, the "Sea Lebrities" gets the most attention.
The seals started arriving in groups, taking over the docks in January 1990 shortly after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. At first they numbered from 10-50, but due to a plentiful herring supply, available dock space and the marina’s protected environment, the population grew to more than 300 within a few months. Each winter, the population can increase up to 900 sea lions, most of which are male. During the summer months, the sea lions migrate south to the Channel Islands for breeding season, but in recent years a small group stays year-round at PIER 39's K-Dock. The sea-lions are being monitored daily by volunteers and staff from The Marine Mammal Store and Interpretive Center, they are also able to provide information about them to visitors from all over the world.