Watch: Charging sea lions chase away beachgoers at San Diego beach

A viral video showing two sea lions chasing away beachgoers at San Diego’s La Jolla Cove on Friday has people on the internet questioning how we coexist with marine life, but a spokesperson for SeaWorld San Diego said the video may not be what it appears.The video shared on TikTok by user Charlianne Yeyna appears to show two blubbery sea lions charging toward a frightened crowd of beachgoers, which quickly parted as the sea lions made their way for the ocean and jumped in.A spokesperson for SeaWorld San Diego watched the video and said it appears the first sea lion is actually running from the second.”You would really only notice if you watch a lot of sea lion behavior but the fact that one jumps in the water and the other does so quickly after shows they are following one another,” the spokesperson wrote to NBC 7.That doesn’t mean, though, that the massive marine mammals — males can grow up to 1,000 pounds, especially during breeding season, which is in “full bloom” — can’t harm people.”People should be cautious and keep their space at a reasonable distance,” SeaWorld said. “Although sea lions may get close to visitors along the beach it’s always recommended that we/the public do not get close and interrupt their behavior.”That may be what happened on Sunday, at least according to Yeyna, who shot the now-viral video.”I started recording because it was really funny to watch for me to see all these tourists getting blown away by these giant sea lions,” described Charlianne Yeyna.”The sea lions were sleeping and were just massive on the beach and I was just watching them and this woman got really close to them, like 4 feet away, and was trying to take a photo of it up close, and it just woke up and started chasing everybody,” Yeyna said.Yeyna said she was concerned for the tourists’ safety. She saw many signs posted warning visitors to give seals and sea lions their space.What are the Rules?La Jolla Cove, where the incident took place, is open to beachgoers throughout the year. But last year, the San Diego City Council formally approved a seasonal closure of nearby Point La Jollav from May 1 through Oct. 31 for sea lion pupping season.The move came after the failure of efforts to educate the public on appropriate and safe behavior toward sea lions. Harassment incidents continued, and the California Coastal Commission directed the city to take emergency action and close Point La Jolla for the second half of the pupping season.The closure covers the rocky shoreline known as Point La Jolla from the Conrad F. Limbaugh and Harold F. Riley commemorative plaque — northwest of La Jolla Cove — down to the stepping stone adjacent to the low concrete wall, a relatively small portion of rocky land abutting Ellen Browning Scripps Park.SeaWorld San Diego says it’s near the end of pupping season, but mating season is underway.

A viral video showing two sea lions chasing away beachgoers at San Diego’s La Jolla Cove on Friday has people on the internet questioning how we coexist with marine life, but a spokesperson for SeaWorld San Diego said the video may not be what it appears.

The video shared on TikTok by user Charlianne Yeyna appears to show two blubbery sea lions charging toward a frightened crowd of beachgoers, which quickly parted as the sea lions made their way for the ocean and jumped in.

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A spokesperson for SeaWorld San Diego watched the video and said it appears the first sea lion is actually running from the second.

“You would really only notice if you watch a lot of sea lion behavior but the fact that one jumps in the water and the other does so quickly after shows they are following one another,” the spokesperson wrote to NBC 7.

That doesn’t mean, though, that the massive marine mammals — males can grow up to 1,000 pounds, especially during breeding season, which is in “full bloom” — can’t harm people.

“People should be cautious and keep their space at a reasonable distance,” SeaWorld said. “Although sea lions may get close to visitors along the beach it’s always recommended that we/the public do not get close and interrupt their behavior.”

That may be what happened on Sunday, at least according to Yeyna, who shot the now-viral video.

“I started recording because it was really funny to watch for me to see all these tourists getting blown away by these giant sea lions,” described Charlianne Yeyna.

“The sea lions were sleeping and were just massive on the beach and I was just watching them and this woman got really close to them, like 4 feet away, and was trying to take a photo of it up close, and it just woke up and started chasing everybody,” Yeyna said.

Yeyna said she was concerned for the tourists’ safety. She saw many signs posted warning visitors to give seals and sea lions their space.

What are the Rules?

La Jolla Cove, where the incident took place, is open to beachgoers throughout the year. But last year, the San Diego City Council formally approved a seasonal closure of nearby Point La Jollav from May 1 through Oct. 31 for sea lion pupping season.

The move came after the failure of efforts to educate the public on appropriate and safe behavior toward sea lions. Harassment incidents continued, and the California Coastal Commission directed the city to take emergency action and close Point La Jolla for the second half of the pupping season.

The closure covers the rocky shoreline known as Point La Jolla from the Conrad F. Limbaugh and Harold F. Riley commemorative plaque — northwest of La Jolla Cove — down to the stepping stone adjacent to the low concrete wall, a relatively small portion of rocky land abutting Ellen Browning Scripps Park.

SeaWorld San Diego says it’s near the end of pupping season, but mating season is underway.

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