Sea Lion Population Triples

More orcas and sharks will quickly follow. Thanks Thom Ache-man

But all the sea lions have caused problems.

They have broken docks and sunk boats at marinas. They have vexed salmon fishermen, following their boats and eating valuable fish off their lines.

“With some fishing days seeing as few as five to 10 fish, a commercial fisherman can still make money with 10 fish if they are $10 per pound, but if you’re losing them to sea lions that can have a major effect,” said John McManus, executive director of the Golden Gate Salmon Association in San Francisco.

Sea Lion Population Triples

Newcomer Ache-man Reports On Seals

Ex Tree Posse now seal posse reports on The Warm Blob.

Hungry Alien Sharks

Akeman and wife Kim monitor the seals year round and they’ve said the seals had a rough season in 2015.

Warm water temperatures from El Nino and the warm blob drove food sources farther out to sea last year. Seals starved to death and some had trouble during the pupping season.

“There have been a lot of shark bites we’ve seen on seals. This is their favorite food and some may have disappeared but we have seen a lot of survivors,” he said.

Newcomer Ache-man Reports On Seals

Why Are There More Sharks In The Bay?

Think about it when seeing all those sea lions having babies on the fenced off shore.

Hungry Alien Sharks

David Ebert is the executive director of the Pacific Shark Research Center based at Moss Landing Marine Labs. He has participated in several programs, most recently working to catch and tag a megamouth shark in Taiwan.

He believes the Marine Mammal Protection Act has somewhat helped the shark population. More marine mammals for sharks to eat means more sharks.

Why Are There More Sharks In The Bay?

Sea Lion Posse Wants Your Tax Dollars

Animal lovers want tax money to protect seals. Liken it to feeding stray cats. Keep protecting them and the population quickly increases, outstripping the food sources and attracting more predators.

Harbormaster with the city of Monterey, Steve Scheiblauer said last spring the number jumped to about 700 and with it came a lot starving juveniles.

“At that time the animals were young and thin very emaciated looking,” Scheiblauer said.

For many it was hard to watch the animals, which can be an annoyance to many boaters and fisherman but are also endearing.

“It’s hard to witness this kind of thing, but you know I have seen a lot of it and this is nature appears to be unfolding,” said Scheiblauer about the event in 2015.

Delong said the population is seeing its first big disturbance in decades thanks to the warm blob which has been pushing food sources farther out to sea.

Sea Lion Posse Wants Your Tax Dollars

Rules Are For Others, Not Kampe And Frutchey

Nevermind the humans, close the beach for sea lions.

At a March 5 P.G. City Council meeting, numerous volunteers who help protect the seals urged the city to install bigger fencing to protect them. But before they even spoke, city
manager Tom Frutchey told the council that the city “will go ahead, and even without coastal commission approval, erect a more substantial barrier.” The city installed the lattice fencing not long after the meeting.

Rules Are For Others, Not Kemp And Frutchey

Council Gives Up Beaches To Birthing Seals

Kind of like the immigration policy. Come here, give birth and you can stay. Will there be social programs for the seals? Fish Stamps?

The P.G. City Council Oct. 16 unanimously agreed to clarify the harbor-seal protection policy in the city charter. If pups are delivered at Lovers Point, officials will temporarily close the beach, install fences and post signs to keep the public away while they wean.

Council Gives Up Beaches To Birthing Seals

Sea Lions Take Over Beaches

Attracting more sharks, no doubt.

As long as the beaches get fenced off to protect them, more and more will keep coming here to give birth. Not unlike dare I say, illegal immigrants.

“As population has grown, they’ve spread out and taken and started using more and more locations around the Monterey Bay Peninsula,” said Jim Watanabe, with Hopkins Marine Station.

Pupping season not only brings more than 300 harbor seals to a 3-mile stretch of shoreline. It brings eager onlookers too.

“I’ve been standing here maybe 20-30 minutes. They’re really fascinating to watch. They’re really cute and their little sounds sound like ‘mom,'” said Sarah Knox, a visitor from Mass.

Sea Lions Take Over Beaches