Watch the sociable sea lions set records in San Francisco

Nothing prepares you for pairing better than a seafood buffet. At least, if you're a sea lion.

A huge school of anchovies in San Francisco Bay has attracted about 1,700 sea lions to Pier 39, near the city's Fisherman's Wharf district. The area has not seen so many sea lions since the early 1990s. Sheila Candor, harbor master at Pier 39, told the Associated press. In recent decades, fewer than a thousand sea lions have flopped onto the pier every spring.

Pier 39 is a sea lion rest stop of sorts, a place where you can fuel up on anchovies and herring before heading south to the Channel Islands for mating season. The pier docks use three times as much buoyancy support as normal docks to support the weight of the blubbery sea creatures.

If you plan to visit this year's herd of sea lions, prepare for a chorus of loud barking and frequent displays of sun-lounging and fin-wrangling. And if you can't make it to San Francisco, enjoy these photos we've collected.

Piles and piles of sea lions gather at Pier 39. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
overhead view of a dozen docks covered in sea lions
An aerial view offers a different perspective on California sea lions. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
docks covered in sea lions for the entertainment area
California sea lions lounge on the docks at Pier 39 on May 5, 2024 in San Francisco, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
a sea lion with closed eyes enjoying the sun
A sea lion enjoys the sun. The sea lions have been a top attraction at Pier 39 for almost 35 years. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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