Photos of Sea Lions in La Jolla

La Jolla is well known for its population of harbor seals (Phoca vitulina richardsi), but it boasts California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) as well. When the movable feast of market squid (Loligo opalescens) arrives to lay its carpets of eggs on the edge of the undersea La Jolla Canyon, California sea lions as well as cormorants, sharks and rays arrive as well to eat the squid, which die after mating and laying eggs. These sea lions were perched on some rocks near the La Jolla Caves, sunning themselves between squid foraging sessions in February this year.

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

California sea lion, adult female.
Image ID: 18538
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: 18545
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA

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

California sea lion, adult female.
Image ID: 18539
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA

See also sea lion photos and harbor seal photos. If you were looking for La Jolla seals, try here instead.