Snorkeling in La Jolla Cove is a fascinating experience. The Cove is home to a lot of Garibaldi fish, which are the world's largest damselfish, very tropical-looking. They are brilliant orange in color, with a prominent forehead and very cute faces. The Garibaldis are not scared of people; some of them swim in the very shallowest water right by the beach. A bit further out there are numerous sea bass, kelpfish, opal-eyes and other interesting fish species.
Then of course there are the California sea lions. The day I was there about nine females were having fun, lolling around and rolling about on the washed-up seaweed at the very north end of the small beach. When I left, the big male had positioned himself between the on-lookers and the females as a sort of guardian.
But while I was swimming back in to the beach from having been out pretty far, I was lucky enough to see the big male sea lion relaxing in the water less than 10 feet away from me -- quite an unexpected experience.
Currently the city is building a new lifeguard station at the Cove, so part of the top area is fenced off until this is finished.
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