Here's an In
with the New that's also a Farewell Favorite. Around 1990, fans of Seal
Rocks and the Cliff House said good
bye to the hordes of sea lions that inhabited
the area near Ocean Beach. That's because the sea lions migrated to Pier
39 where the they fast became the cheapest popular amusement for tourists
in town. Despite a short lived backlash against the racket they raise,
the fish they intercept from commercial fish catchers, and their stink,
the barking zalophus californianus were not evicted from K-Dock.
In fact, Pier 39 management has embraced them and celebrates January 19,
1990 as the date of their arrival. Popular legend has it that the sea
lions migrated to Pier 39 to follow a huge herring run in the bay after
the October 17, 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. The sea lions previously
left Seal Rocks for a period of years following the 1906 Earthquake.