Sea Lions – Pranksters of the Pacific
There was a barking sound echoing off the Pacific Ocean as we stood above the La Jolla Cove donning our dive gear. We walked over to a rail overlooking the beach and peeked to see where all the noise was originating. There was a gang of sea lions hanging out on the beach. The mothers were lounging in the sun. Looking up only when their pups barked out or tumbled over them. Only to look annoyed at the behavior.
The bull stood guard watching as if to tell any other male old enough to look at one of his females, don’t even try it. He barked when the pups got out of line or a beach going human encroached on his space. Perhaps the loudest of them all was the pups. They played in the surf and waited for the swimmers, snorkelers and divers to enter the ocean. They seem to be waiting for new playmates.
Living the La Jolla life
We laughed as we watched the scene. The sun was blazing down, and the tepid water was staring back at us. Each morning small groups join us for our diving tours in La Jolla Cove. The group was eager to get started. It was time to meet those pups at the water’s edge. Everyone gets into their scuba gear. We head down the stairs to that chilly Southern California ocean. Entering the Pacific and slipping into our fins. The small brown sea lions watched under the protection of their papa. He barked and barked at them and us. But we both knew that we wanted to play together and that we would ignore his significant protest.