Concerns rise over visitors getting too close to sea lions in Monterey

Concerns were raised about the safety of local wildlife, after some people were seen getting close to sea lions in Monterey to take pictures. Marge Brigadier, a Monterey local, has been photographing and volunteering under the Monterey Bay National Sanctuary for about 10 years — over the weekend she captured video of people getting extremely close to sea lions, calling it some of the worst harassment with sea lions she’s seen . The video shows people disturbing sea lions from resting, standing just steps away and some people even throwing rocks.Brigadier said, “A man chasing three sea lions into the water and that was at Custom House Plaza. People went within as close as two, three feet from the animals and some of them had young children.”She adds that beyond the harassment, it’s also dangerous for the people and kids approaching them. Despite some signage already put out, Brigadier said they’re often ignored and more signs are needed. Especially since Monterey is a hotspot for tourists.”There are a lot of tourists that just don’t know and that’s why signage is critical everywhere,” Brigadier said. Some people on the wharf pointed out that getting close to a sea lion is unpredictable and as locals, they know better.One man said, “Pictures are great for everybody and memories, especially if you can get some on the foreground — but I mean as far as getting close to a sea lion, I mean we wouldn’t. For sure we wouldn’t.” Brigadier hopes to see more enforcement, for people to be more respectful and ultimately, more cautious.“Sea lions can move a lot faster than anybody thinks. And if you’re down there with your child and one of them decides to come after you, you’re going to be in big trouble,” Brigadier said.

Concerns were raised about the safety of local wildlife, after some people were seen getting close to sea lions in Monterey to take pictures. Marge Brigadier, a Monterey local, has been photographing and volunteering under the Monterey Bay National Sanctuary for about 10 years — over the weekend she captured video of people getting extremely close to sea lions, calling it some of the worst harassment with sea lions she’s seen .

The video shows people disturbing sea lions from resting, standing just steps away and some people even throwing rocks.

The brigadier said, “A man chasing three sea lions into the water and that was at Custom House Plaza. People went within as close as two, three feet from the animals and some of them had young children.”

She adds that beyond the harassment, it’s also dangerous for the people and kids approaching them.

Despite some signage already put out, Brigadier said they’re often ignored and more signs are needed. Especially since Monterey is a hotspot for tourists.

“There are a lot of tourists that just don’t know and that’s why signage is critical everywhere,” Brigadier said.

Some people on the wharf pointed out that getting close to a sea lion is unpredictable and as locals, they know better.

One man said, “Pictures are great for everybody and memories, especially if you can get some on the foreground — but I mean as far as getting close to a sea lion, I mean we wouldn’t. For sure we wouldn’t.”

Brigadier hopes to see more enforcement, for people to be more respectful and ultimately, more cautious.

Sea lions can move a lot faster than anybody thinks. And if you’re down there with your child and one of them decides to come after you, you’re going to be in big trouble,” Brigadier said.

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