So the female sea lions have released their yearlings. Every year we get an onslaught of almost year old sea lions that the Mothers have just told the last year's pups to hit the ocean Monterey. While they have been weaned from nursing since they were about six months, they have stayed with Mom. They begin to swim and start learning to caught food at a couple of months. They stay with Mom until she is almost ready to give birth to the newest pup. Then that is when we see them in the Monterey area. The Moms and new pups stay down around the Channel Islands. But the adult males stay in the Monterey area. They will then swim down to mate and then head back here. It is believed that this is to not have competition with the Mom's and pups for food.
Sea lions fight and argue all the time but they really like this behavior as they are very social. Although it is not always just social. They have a very nasty bite with lots of bad germs that a human does not want They dog pile on top of each other and love every minute of it. Although you can hear them complaining about it for blocks away.
These guys have taken over the boat dock at Breakwater Cove. While some are very healthy, many are not doing well after traveling here from the Channel Islands. Sharks and orcas are out in those waters and they are natural predators of these guys. And they are not as agile, strong or smart as the older sea lions when it comes to evading these predators. So we see many, many with shark bites and wounds on them. There were two this day but I chose not to show those pictures.
This little guy is sad enough looking for today. Although you can not see it very well in this picture, this guy is very emaciated. He is either so weak or has had an injury to his hind flippers and can not move them. We called animal rescue but I do not know if they will be able to rescue him. Right now, he is by himself but if he gets in the middle of the sea lions, rescue can not attempt to spook everyone else to get him.
The city may have to block off the boat ramp if they can not figure out a way to get them to go somewhere else. We will see, so stay continued....