Sea Lions Chase Unwelcome Sunbathers off Their Seashore

A TikTok video exhibiting a pair of sea lions chasing beachgoers off their seaside has gone viral.

The ocean lions seemingly did not get pleasure from sharing La Jolla Cove in San Diego with too many people, with the video exhibiting them charging at folks each on the sand and within the water.

“I began recording as a result of it was actually humorous to look at, for me to see all these vacationers getting blown away by these large sea lions,” TikTok consumer Charlianne Yeyna, who shot the video, instructed NBC 7.

“The ocean lions have been sleeping and have been simply huge on the seaside and I used to be simply watching them and this lady bought actually near them, like 4 toes away, and was making an attempt to take a photograph of it up shut, and it simply awoke and began chasing everyone.”

Inventory picture of a sea lion barking. The viral TikTok exhibits two sea lions seemingly chasing crowds of individuals from La Jolla Cove seaside.
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Newsweek has requested Yeyna for remark.

Sea lions are native to the California coast, and depend on the seashores within the space to mate and to nurse their pups.

Nevertheless, in line with a spokesperson from SeaWorld San Diego, there could also be extra happening between the blubbery seaside bums than it seems and as an alternative of meaning to cost the gang of beach-goers, the primary sea lion could merely be operating away from the second.

“You’d actually solely discover should you watch a whole lot of sea lion conduct, however the truth that one jumps within the water and the opposite does so shortly after exhibits they’re following each other,” the spokesperson instructed NBC 7.

Even when they weren’t making an attempt to harm the La Jolla beachgoers, sea lions are able to harming people, and have executed so previously. Sea lions can get aggressive if a human comes too shut, particularly inside round 8 toes. In 2007, a sea lion mauled a 13-year-old lady browsing behind a speedboat in Western Australia, and in San Diego in 2015, a sea lion attacked a 62-year-old man on a ship, injuring his hand and foot.

“Folks must be cautious and maintain their area at an affordable distance,” the SeaWorld spokesperson instructed NBC 7. “Though sea lions could get near guests alongside the seaside it is at all times really helpful that we/the general public don’t get shut and interrupt their conduct.”

People and sea lions have a fraught historical past, as sea lions have been as soon as hunted for his or her meat, pores and skin and oil. They have been hunted so extensively that they’re now protected beneath the Marine Mammal Safety Act.

The Metropolis of San Diego has ordered the closure of Level La Jolla—close to La Jolla Cove the place this video was recorded—from Might 25 to September 15 this 12 months for the ocean lions’ pupping season. That is designed to guard each the brand new pups and members of the general public which will get too shut and put themselves in peril.

Yeyna, who uploaded the TikTok, mentioned that she was glad that it went viral. “[It will] increase consciousness of how harmful that they are often. Like, they’re nonetheless wild animals and it’s essential give them their area. They’re additionally protected. So I believe that this exhibits that they don’t seem to be to be messed with,” she instructed NBC 7.