Photographer James Kusz caught this sea lion cavorting in the waters off Cesar Chavez Park. The animal is probably a youngster; it doesn’t look as big as an adult. It’s clearly a sea lion, though, and not a harbor seal. The tell is the ear flaps. Sea lions have little ear flaps. Seals only have ear holes, no flaps. The video makes it very clear that this one has the ear flaps.
The same individual, or one just like it, made life difficult for fisher Christopher R. on the north side a day earlier. At that time, the animal was actively hunting, some thirty or forty yards out from Chris’ fishing spot. Chris didn’t get a bite for an hour; the sea lion probably frightened all fish away for hundreds of yards.