Nature Reclaims a Piece of the Waterfront


Elephant Seals on Pier 39, mid-1990s.

Shortly after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, Elephant Seals began to appear at Pier 39, San Francisco's version of a middle-American mall/entertainment center. The Marine Mammal Protection Act allows these guys to go pretty much wherever they want, and they decided they liked the friendly confines of Pier 39's marina, so the marina management has acquiesced. On any given day you can find upwards of 100 boisterous elephant seals basking on the docks that have been abandoned to them.

They are completely wild, and no one feeds them or controls them in any way.

--Chris Carlsson

Contributors to this page include:

Carlsson,Chris - Photographer-Artist

Carlsson,Chris - Writer

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