Adorably Angry Sea Lions Defend San Diego Territory From Invading Tourists

During the summer I spent in La Jolla at the Clarion Writer’s Workshop, I enjoyed hanging out in the creek and writing with the sea lions. But I remember one night, just as the sun was setting . I was drinking a beer, standing a few feet from one of the fat balls, when a silly tourist took a picture with the flash on. The sea lion did not enjoying the sudden blinding light in his eyes, and blamed it on the nearest human – me. He growled and snapped his jaws in my direction, making sure I didn’t forget his name was a. lion For a reason.

I tried to apologize, but ended up pulling away a bit. Whoever took the real picture had already taken a picture of it and got away.

This memory came back to me while watching the video above, where – again – a dumb tourist got into the shit of a sea lion, and the sea lion responded with adorably righteous rage. GoodI say.

A little more context, courtesy of local NBC news affiliate:

“I started recording because it was really funny for me to watch because to see all these tourists being blown away by these giant sea lions”, described Charlianne Yeyna. She was visiting La Jolla on Friday when she noticed people were getting too close to the sea lions.

“The sea lions were sleeping and just massive on the beach and I was just looking at them and this woman walked up to them, about 4 feet away, and was trying to take a picture up close, and it just woke up and started chasing everyone,” Yeyna said.


Yeyna said most people on the beach were respectful and she hopes her video will be a learning experience for visitors.

“I’m glad it went viral to raise awareness of how dangerous they are.
Like, they are still wild animals and you have to give them their space. They are also protected. So I think that shows that they should not be disturbed,” summed up Yeyna.

Sea lions hunt beachgoers at La Jolla Cove [Ramon Galindo and Renee Schmiedeberg / NBC San Diego]

Image: Rhododendrites / Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY-SA 4.0)

Charles P. Patton