March madness

Though the PIER 39 sea lions have it relatively easy in the wild and continue to be attracted to the dock because of its safety, many are not without battle wounds from nature. After all, they come and go as they please, and when they swim away they become vulnerable. 

We recently observed two sea lions with scars around their necks, possibly from some kind of entanglement with ocean debris. Our team of naturalists also noted that one of the larger sea lions basking in the sun had fresh lacerations on his right front flipper. The animal looked pretty calm, still capable of swimming and untraumatized given the severity of the injury. We think he may have survived a shark bite! 

Sea Lions are considered “opportunistic feeders,” eating available prey rather than one species.
The average life span of a California Sea Lion is 20–25 years.