Kit is leaving Pier 39

People from all over the world visit Pier 39 in San Francisco, California to see the sea lions that sun themselves on the docks. The pinnipeds started doing this after an earthquake hit the area. The protected area has plenty of food for them. And who doesn’t love to lay in the warm sunshine!

Pier 39 sea lions in San Francisco California
Pier 39 Sea Lions Photo by James Rathmell on Unsplash

The mayor of San Francisco decided to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the sea lions arrival. January 16 is now officially Sea Lions Day in San Francisco!

Sea lions live in almost every ocean. They are not found in the North Atlantic Ocean. Scientists don’t know why.

Kid's illustrated map Atlantic Ocean
No sea lions here! Kid’s Illustrated Map Rand McNally

They eat up to 40 pounds of food a day. Maybe they should be called Sea Piggys!

hungry sea lion
Excuse me do you have any fish? OINK! Photo by Peter Burdon on Unsplash

Unlike seals, sea lions can walk on their flippers. Even though they live in the water, they breathe oxygen and need to come to the surface for air. I’ve had a lot of fun hanging out by Pier 39. I hope you did too. Let’s see where I go next. Are you ready?

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