Newport, CA - 14 September, 2005: Sea Lions Mob, Sink Sailboat

It may sound funny - unless it's your boat. 18 or more of the giant pinnipeds piled onto a 37-foot sailboat in Newport Harbor, near Los Angeles, and sank it. The Harbor Commission is now forced to confront what it fears may be an invasion. Along the West Coast, said marine biologist Doyle Hanan, "it's a growing problem and it's going to continue to grow." The U.S. West Coast Sea Lion population is presently estimated to be between 300,000 to 400,000 animals.

Los Angeles Times link here. An audio report from odeo.com is available here.