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Sea Lion Summer: Both humans and pinnipeds compete for La Jolla Cove waters at this time of year

Sea Lion Summer: Both humans and pinnipeds compete for La Jolla Cove waters at this time of year

The months of May, June and July are a popular time of year at La Jolla Cove with visitors coming in droves. But it is also a significant time of year in the life cycle of a sea lion.

According to the City of San Diego’s newly released Marine Coastal Management Plan (MCMP), “The La Jolla coastline is the first on the Southern California mainland where sea lions have hauled out in significant numbers and demonstrated viable birthing and successful nursing of pups” and in 2016, “the City documented the first viable sea lion births, with three pups being born and cared for in early and mid-June.”

For some insight into the life cycle of a California Sea Lion (to benefit La Jollans...

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