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Here is one of the main attraction of San Francisco... Pier 39 with its sea lions.

The sea lions camped out in PIER 39's West Marina have been endearingly coined, "Sea Lebrities." These California sea lions "hauled out" on PIER 39's K-Dock shortly after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The boisterous barking pinnipeds started arriving in droves, taking over the docks in January 1990. At first they numbered from 10-50, but due to a plentiful supply of herring, the available dock space and a protected environment, the population grew to more than 300 within a couple of months. Each winter the population grows as high as 900. During the summer months the sea lions tend to migrate to the Channel Islands, but now a small group chooses to stay at PIER 39's K-Dock.

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