Archive for September 12, 2015


Pier 39 is an old dock wharf that has been converted in an area of shops and restaurants. But perhaps their most famous residents are the Californian Sea-Lions which use the rafts in the wharf as sun-beds!

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But they have not always been a feature. The Pier 39 development opened in 1978 but it was not until 1989 that the first sea-lions appeared, By the end of that year the average was around 12. In 1990 this quickly rose past the 100 mark. In November 2009 a peak count of over 1000 was made. Number s drop dramatically in December and Pier 39 can be totally abandoned by the end of December. Numbers then begin to rise again in February  and through the spring and summer. The reason for this fluctuation in numbers which occurs annually is unknown.