3. Throwback Thursday: When Sea Lions Came To Fisherman's Wharf
Today, we associate Fisherman's Wharf with droves of barking (and smelly) sea lions, but that wasn't always the case. The sea lions didn't take up residence along the city's waterfront until January 1990, just months after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. At the time, their numbers oscillated between 10 and 50, and due to plenty of herring supply and dock space, not to mention the marina's protected environment, the number grew to more than 300 within a few months.
It was the mess created by those some 300 sea lions that led the marina manager to refer to them as "guests from hell" in a 1990 Los Angeles Times' story. Each winter, Fisherman's Wharf's sea lion population can swell up to 900 individuals, and even though most of the sea lions migrate south during the summer months, there's a small group that stays year-round at Pier 39.