I’ve been to Pier 39 and saw the smelly barking creatures. They were rather fascinating.
If you’ve been to the Fisherman’s Wharf part of San Francisco in the past twenty years, chances are you’ve seen (and heard) the resident sea lions that call Pier 39 home. I’d spend long stretches of time just observing them and their behavior patterns, and always found them neat.
Since about a month ago, when they collectively slipped into the bay and disappeared, the pier has been quiet and barren.”