There are two places to see seals and sea lions in San Diego, one in La Jolla and one at the north end of San Diego Bay near the submarine base. La Jolla is easier and less expensive to get to, but the ones near the submarine base are usually much more active. Unfortunately, in order to get to the ones near the submarine base, you have to either have a boat, rent a boat, or go on some sort of cruise.
Here’s an alpha male sea lion that posed for me recently when I went on a whale watching cruise:
Seals and sea lions are very similar in appearance, but there is one sure way you can tell the difference: sea lions have external ear flaps; seals don’t.
Pictures taken by Russel Ray using a Canon 550D.
Post-processing done in Corel PaintShop Pro X4.
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