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5/50.- San Francisco, Sea lions at Pier 39's K dock

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After great views of the Bay Bridge we will head back to Fisherman's Wharf via the ferry building. Now we can have a close look at the sea lions at Pier 39's K dock. California sea lions are known for their intelligence, playfulness and noisy barking. They can be found from Vancouver Island, British Columbia to the southern tip of Baja California in Mexico. Males can weigh up to 390 kg while females only 110 kg. In the wild they may live up to 18 years, in captivity, 23 years or more. California sea lions can be seen in many costal spots such as Seal Rock. Since 1989 they moved to Pier 39's K dock where they like to rest in groups closely packed together. Since 1990 The Marine Mammal Center monitored and researched the wild California sea lion population which grew to 200,000. Free educational talks on these mammals are giving on weekends. You can enjoy their view also from the Sea Lion Café while dining by the window.

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