Photo of La Jolla Sea Lions

There is a big spawning aggregation of market squid assembled on the sand flats at about 60′ off of La Jolla Shores beach right now. As a consequence, many California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) are now in the area, feeding on the squid and hauling out on rocks to rest when not foraging. Here are a couple seen recently in La Jolla:

Sea lion portrait, hauled out on rocks beside the ocean, Zalophus californianus, La Jolla, California

Sea lion portrait, hauled out on rocks beside the ocean.
Image ID: 20207
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA

California sea lion, adult male, Zalophus californianus, La Jolla

California sea lion, adult male.
Image ID: 20211
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA