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(Wired)   For 20 years in San Francisco, sea lions have hauled out on wooden docks next to Pier 39. And now they are all gone, and no one knows why, or where they've gone   (wired.com) divider line 114
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2009-12-28 08:43:54 PM  
somehow, i'm sure this is the fault of that damn aztec calendar. damn you 2012!
 
2009-12-28 08:53:18 PM  
Good riddance.
 
2009-12-28 08:57:46 PM  
Maybe they can sense the electrical or magnetic changes resonating from the earth in that area and know that San Francisco is about to have "the big one." That would certainly be scary cool.

Or some fisherman poisoned them.
 
2009-12-28 09:01:45 PM  
I bet it had to do with that huge LSD bust a couple of years ago, man.
 
2009-12-28 09:02:26 PM  
desertmouse: Maybe they can sense the electrical or magnetic changes resonating from the earth in that area and know that San Francisco is about to have "the big one." That would certainly be scary cool.

Or some fisherman poisoned them.


if san fran sinks into the ocean this week, then we'll know sea lions can predict earthquakes.

Actually - I hope to GOD that the big one never hits San Francisco. we'll have to put up with fundie preachers yelling about 'god's retribution' and rants about 'sodom and gomora' for the next 200 years.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2009-12-28 09:02:52 PM  
So long and thanks for all the fish.

Uh oh. Weaver95 could be onto something.
 
2009-12-28 09:15:31 PM  
They shouldn't have taken away the buckets.
 
2009-12-28 09:27:43 PM  
Sounds like a case for Adrian Monk if ever there was one...
 
2009-12-28 10:04:11 PM  
Paris1127: They shouldn't have taken away the buckets.

images1.fanpop.com
 
2009-12-28 10:04:42 PM  
San Francisco is more like Sodom than Gomorrah icb2.com
 
2009-12-28 10:04:55 PM  
Weaver95: Actually - I hope to GOD that the big one never hits San Francisco. we'll have to put up with fundie preachers yelling about 'god's retribution' and rants about 'sodom and gomora' for the next 200 years.

What I was about to say.
 
2009-12-28 10:09:44 PM  
desertmouse: Maybe they can sense the electrical or magnetic changes resonating from the earth in that area and know that San Francisco is about to have "the big one." That would certainly be scary cool.

Or some fisherman poisoned them.


I thought it was a minor quake on their last residence that caused them to move in the place.

Maybe after 20 years, there's a new generation in charge and they want to go somewhere else and get out and see the sights before they settle down.
 
2009-12-28 10:10:00 PM  
Well, that's too bad, because that's the only damn thing I ever wanted to see in San Fran.

It is time for California to have another big one. Good luck sis.
 
2009-12-28 10:12:36 PM  
Huh, that sucks. I remember them being there before they were a tourist attraction.
 
2009-12-28 10:12:51 PM  
I bet King Lear knows where all the sea lions went off to.
 
2009-12-28 10:15:43 PM  
I had no idea sea lions were aztec, crazy.
 
2009-12-28 10:15:50 PM  
Weaver95: desertmouse: Maybe they can sense the electrical or magnetic changes resonating from the earth in that area and know that San Francisco is about to have "the big one." That would certainly be scary cool.

Or some fisherman poisoned them.

if san fran sinks into the ocean this week, then we'll know sea lions can predict earthquakes.

Actually - I hope to GOD that the big one never hits San Francisco. we'll have to put up with fundie preachers yelling about 'god's retribution' and rants about 'sodom and gomora' for the next 200 years.


Wat next week will look like: From outer space, a runaway planet... (new window)
 
2009-12-28 10:16:33 PM  
Has anyone check the local planning office in Alpha Centuri for changes to the hyper-space bypass? Come on it is only 4 light years away. We should take an interest in local matters.
 
2009-12-28 10:16:59 PM  
I'll miss the sea lions. They were delicious
 
2009-12-28 10:17:26 PM  
jim515: Has anyone check the local planning office in Alpha Centuri for changes to the hyper-space bypass? Come on it is only 4 light years away. We should take an interest in local matters.

Got my towel.
 
2009-12-28 10:17:49 PM  
Any Japanese whalers in port this week?
 
2009-12-28 10:21:04 PM  
They're all hanging out up here on the Columbia River, below Bonneville, eating all the farking salmon.
 
2009-12-28 10:26:33 PM  
OMG GLOBAL WARMING
 
2009-12-28 10:33:10 PM  
Dumb-Ass-Monkey: OMG GLOBAL WARMING

We could have saved the sea lions if it wasn't for the holocaust deniers and their creationist theories and their oil money. :(

/though I think it was due to Proposition H8 and the sea lions realizing that California would never let them marry.
 
2009-12-28 10:34:00 PM  
StrikitRich: Any Japanese whalers in port this week?

FARK YOU, SEA RION! FARK YOU, WARRUS!
 
2009-12-28 10:34:55 PM  
FTA: Stoudt averred that the officials at the Marine Mammal Center weren't worried about the animals' disappearance from their standard location. The sea lions are migratory animals, after all, and it's natural for them to move around.

So, even though no one has found them, "there really isn't a reason to be looking for them," Stoudt said.


I'll be in city New Years Eve and check to see if they've returned.
 
2009-12-28 10:36:46 PM  
GaryPDX: They're all hanging out up here on the Columbia River, below Bonneville, eating all the farking salmon.

Good for them, if that's the case.

They probably got bored and this means nothing.

/too many humans, IMO
 
2009-12-28 10:37:24 PM  
Our only hope

witneyman.files.wordpress.com
 
2009-12-28 10:41:42 PM  
Reverend Monkeypants: GaryPDX: They're all hanging out up here on the Columbia River, below Bonneville, eating all the farking salmon.

Good for them, if that's the case.

They probably got bored and this means nothing.

/too many humans, IMO


No..it's a total nuisance. We've tried big ass fireworks bombs to scare them away. They are really attacking the salmon runs below Bonneville Dam. Now they are being killed. Even the environmentalists are wigged out about the sea lions killing off the salmon.
 
2009-12-28 10:50:16 PM  
I like how the word 'Gone' can mean oh so many things
 
2009-12-28 10:52:47 PM  
Did they at least thank us for all the fish?
 
2009-12-28 10:56:39 PM  
Huh.

I remember they started living there right before the 1989 quake. Maybe the earth has finally stopped resonating enough for them to feel comfortable enough.
 
2009-12-28 11:01:32 PM  
Teknowaffle: Huh.

I remember they started living there right before the 1989 quake. Maybe the earth has finally stopped resonating enough for them to feel comfortable enough.


as a Bay Area resident, I'm slightly concerned that it could be the opposite, and that they got out while the getting was good.
 
2009-12-28 11:04:53 PM  
Weaver95: desertmouse: Maybe they can sense the electrical or magnetic changes resonating from the earth in that area and know that San Francisco is about to have "the big one." That would certainly be scary cool.

Or some fisherman poisoned them.

if san fran sinks into the ocean this week, then we'll know sea lions can predict earthquakes.

Actually - I hope to GOD that the big one never hits San Francisco. we'll have to put up with fundie preachers yelling about 'god's retribution' and rants about 'sodom and gomora' for the next 200 years.


Sodom and Gamera, more likely.
 
2009-12-28 11:07:36 PM  
Wow, was just there early in the fall with my son and took some pictures. It's basically been an institution for two decades and now the docks are barren. Crazy stuff
 
2009-12-28 11:10:53 PM  
The last time I was in San Fran I took a few pictures of some poor saps sailboat that was covered (and listing badly) with sea lions. There must have been 30 of them jammed on that boat.
 
2009-12-28 11:14:23 PM  
Was just there last week and went to check out the sea lions. It's the only thing I absolutely have to do whenever I'm in the City. I was bummed that they weren't there in the usual spot, but there were about 10-15 just a few docks down, closer to the middle of Pier 39. Methinks it may be just a little premature to damn the city to The Big One just yet.
 
2009-12-28 11:18:38 PM  
LittleSmitty: The last time I was in San Fran I took a few pictures of some poor saps sailboat that was covered (and listing badly) with sea lions. There must have been 30 of them jammed on that boat.

i47.tinypic.com

Sea Lions? On MY boat?

It's more likely than you think.
 
2009-12-28 11:25:06 PM  
Took this last April.

I guess there's no reason to bother with Pier 39 anymore.
 
2009-12-28 11:29:23 PM  
came for the Douglas Adams references... I'm just gonna leave this here then.. alright.. thanks... careful, its a bit hot
www.topshelfbooks.com
 
2009-12-28 11:31:38 PM  
penthesilea: Took this last April.

I guess there's no reason to bother with Pier 39 anymore.


pic fail

i470.photobucket.com
 
2009-12-28 11:44:30 PM  
Fort Lauderdale?
 
2009-12-28 11:44:48 PM  
i31.photobucket.com

I saw a ton of them a while ago.
 
2009-12-28 11:45:38 PM  
KillAllHumans: I like how the word 'Gone' can mean oh so many things

Well, there's gone for good, and there's good 'n gone
and there's gone, with a "long" before it
I wish she'd been just a little more clear
There's gone for the day, and gone for the night
and gone for the rest of your dog-gone life
Is it a whiskey night, or just a couple beers?
I mean, what kinda gone are we talkin' 'bout here...

/First thing I thought
 
2009-12-28 11:46:17 PM  
This is going to end up being one of those "The bees are disappearing, scientists are baffled, natures dealings are impenetrable, hey what if I make a shiatty movie about that" sort of things is it?
 
2009-12-28 11:58:14 PM  
Dammit, I wanted to show them to my boyfriend when he comes down next year. Does the bay still reek now that they are gone?
 
2009-12-29 12:15:45 AM  
They were tasty
 
2009-12-29 12:28:42 AM  
ZAZ: So long and thanks for all the fish.

Bgnome: came for the Douglas Adams references...

This, that...
 
2009-12-29 12:30:12 AM  
I am pretty sure they were tired of getting raped by the gheys.
 
2009-12-29 12:30:23 AM  
They're 600+ lb vermin....
 
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