The Great 2014 Pier 39 Sea Lion Disappearance

Posted: July 2, 2014  |  By: Kurtis Alexander [San Francisco Chronicle]

There was an eerie silence off the docks of Pier 39 on Friday.

The buzz of marine life -- represented for more than two decades by the loud barks of hundreds of sea lions and the oohs and aahs of San Francisco tourists -- was absent. The famed 700-pound pinnipeds were gone, having blubbered off for reasons unknown.

"Where are they?" asked Grayson Prince, 14, a visitor from Atlanta.

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