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California beachgoers are chased away by sea lions at San Diego’s La Jolla Cove

Two sea lions gave new meaning to “just locals” on a San Diego beach on Friday, viral video shows showed.

A video posted to TikTok shows the pair of marine mammals chasing away beachgoers who packed a small strip of sand in La Jolla Cove on Friday.

The sunbathers dart down the beach and out of the way while the sea lions waddle after them, the video shows.

The animals eventually dive into the water and swim away without harming anyone, the video shows.

The woman, who filmed and posted the TikTok, told NBC San Diego that the frenzied scene unfolded after the creatures were awakened from their sleep by a human who got too close to take a picture.

“I started recording because it was really funny to watch all these tourists get knocked out by these giant sea lions,” Charlianne Yeyna told NBC.

The video has garnered more than 8 million views and over a million likes since she posted it on Saturday.

La Jolla Cove is located within the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve, which protects marine life.

The bay is known for its popularity with sea lions and seals sunning themselves on the rocks nearby, and there are signs warning visitors to give wild animals their space.

https://nypost.com/2022/07/11/california-beachgoers-chased-away-by-sea-lions-at-san-diegos-la-jolla-cove/ California beachgoers are chased away by sea lions at San Diego’s La Jolla Cove

JACLYN DIAZ

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