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Promised I Would...

Posted by
Viewfinder (Bradenton, FL, United States) on 18 August 2009 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Last week I showed a general peek at Pier 39 of Fisherman's Wharf. This is the place where the sea lions gather for sun bathing and having their pictures taken by adoring tourists (like me). I promised we'd be back to see more of them and I like to keep my promises, so here's a view of a group of sea lions, just being themselves.

NIKON D80 1/200 second F/5.6 ISO 400 300 mm

Marion from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

A wonderful view of the sea lions. Some of them just look like big rocks.

18 Aug 2009 6:44am

tyan from Singapore, Singapore

this is a real treat for me,i love this!Must have been a great place,this Fishermen's wharf. So do they have wet markets where fishermen sell their catch nearby?:)

18 Aug 2009 7:40am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Oh my gosh... there's so many of them! Nice capture!

18 Aug 2009 10:06am

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

A classic SF scene, and very well done, Glenn.
That big boy with the circle on his back may be watchfully protecting his harem while they snooze. :D

18 Aug 2009 11:18am

MJ from Delaware, United States

Great shot... I love them....they are so funny....

18 Aug 2009 11:46am

Barbara from Florida, United States

They have certainly taken over. What a lazy group they are. That circle certainly raises my interest, although he looks a little tough to get closer.
Are they noisy? And do they usually take off if someone were to get close to them?
I continue to enjoy your SF series. Great shots, Glenn.

18 Aug 2009 11:59am

Chris from South Jersey, United States

great close up - I like seeing the one that is awake surrounded by sleeping neighbors.....

18 Aug 2009 1:48pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

They are gorgeous!!!!!

18 Aug 2009 3:01pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

They are stinky and noisy, but soooo much fun to watch. Nice shot.

BTW there is a live cam that shows them. I think it's

18 Aug 2009 7:40pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Neat capture.

19 Aug 2009 1:16am

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

Interesting story how those dudes got to Pier 39.

The 1989 earthquake drove them into The Bay from Seal Rock. They totally took over the floats, much to the chagrin of the lease holders. The big fellas eventually won the argument, and there they remain.

Lovely image of the big lugs.

19 Aug 2009 1:37am

@MontereyJohn: Sometimes PETA does some good stuff, or whoever advocated for the sea lion squatters.

tyan from Singapore, Singapore

Hiya UNCLE VF! Forgot to explain to you in our culture, other than men who are our parents'siblings, we also call older guys who are not related by blood relations ''Uncle'', as a form of respect for them:) But you are right, i have got to know really wonderful uncles,one at the sofa store, and one here at AM3.(Guess who?haha)

19 Aug 2009 2:00am

@tyan: I kind of suspected that. It's a privilege and an honor to have such a position, and to have a wonderful "adopted" niece as you are, tyan.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful timing here. The sea lion looks like he's smiling for everyone. It's amazing how many sea lions actually occupy those floating piers. I recall seeing some that were quite possessive and would vie for a pier all to themselves.

19 Aug 2009 2:52am

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

They are so fortunate someone was thingking of them when these docks were built. LOL. Great shot Glenn.

19 Aug 2009 2:56am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

fantastic shot of this fantastic capture :)))

19 Aug 2009 3:18am

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Nicely done, Glenn! I'm hoping to one of these days getting a shot myself... it's just trying to be in the right place at the right time up here.

19 Aug 2009 3:41am

Claudia from Illinois, United States

I love it! Love the sunlight on them. They are incredibly loud, aren't they--barking and honking with their hoarse voices. :)

21 Aug 2009 3:23am

1/200 second
ISO 400
300 mm