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An unprecedented number of sea lions has congregated at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, creating quite the spectacle for visitors. Pier 39 officials report that it's the largest gathering of these marine mammals in 15 years, with over 1,000 counted this week alone, as confirmed by harbormaster Sheila Chandor.

According to Chandor, the influx of sea lions can be attributed to a plentiful supply of anchovies and herring in the bay waters, enticing the pinnipeds to feast before their upcoming mating season next month.

The recent surge in sea lions indicates a robust population and a healthy habitat, according to Adam Ratner, director of conservation engagement at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, Calif.

For nearly 35 years, these slippery residents have been a major tourist attraction. The waterfront became a hub for the mammals in 1989 when a handful of sea lions discovered the newly renovated docks at Pier 39. Their numbers quickly grew from a few to about 150 by January 1990, drawing both admirers and critics. While some were put off by the noise and smell, others found solace in the unexpected presence of wildlife following the Loma Prieta earthquake.

Pier 39 officials sought guidance from the Marine Mammal Center on how to handle the influx of sea lions. Ultimately, they decided to allow the sea lions to stay and coexist with humans.

Source: NPR

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