Marine mammals of La Jolla, California

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I have accomplished so much today that I thought I would treat y’all to an extra blog post.

Since my blog post earlier was Photographic Art of the brown pelicans of La Jolla, I thought I’d stick with the wildlife of La Jolla theme and show you the harbor seals and sea lions.

Smile (or leave a comment) if you know the two quickest ways to tell a harbor seal from a sea lion.

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

If you plan to visit San Diego County, be sure your plan includes a trip to La Jolla awesome views of the coast and the amazing wildlife which choose to hang out there.

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17 thoughts on “Marine mammals of La Jolla, California

  1. Zack

    I have absolutely no idea how to tell a harbor seal from a sea lion, but I do really enjoy pictures of marine mammals. A lot of these made me smile. Thanks!

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      If you can clearly see the side of its head, sea lions have ear flaps whereas seals just have holes.

      Then look at the flippers and body positioning. Sea lions have huge flippers which they can walk on. Seal flippers are small and can’t be used for walking, so they hump along the ground looking kind of like a caterpillar.

      Pictures 2, 3, 5 & 9 are sea lions. #1 includes both. All the others are harbor seals.

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  2. babso2you

    The harbor seal has an ear hole, where the sea lion has an ear flap. The flippers: The harbor seal has long flippers in the front where the sea lion has short. And, there is something with the whiskers too…can’t remember…
    🙂 Did I do OK? Hugs to you and Jim! Miss you! ^..^

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  4. LAMarcom

    When I was going through Navy SEAL Training (BUD/s) I could always hear the cries of the sea lions, which were being trained at the Coronado AmPhib base by the EOD sailors. They were being trained to become suicide bombers, trained to plant themselves with their payloads, to the hull of an enemy ship… It was a ‘Silence of the Lambs’ moment for me.

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  5. Amanda J. Wood

    Ahh, this takes me back. I was in San Diego, maybe in 1997 or 1998? and was so in love with Seal Beach. I went at night, saw them sleeping, and was in awe of their beauty. Thanks for sharing your photos. It brings back great memories.

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