By Megan Cytron
With a population of 238,000, there are enough California sea lions to populate a slippery city the size of Scottsdale, Arizona. California’s beaches and islands are also home to Pacific harbor seals, elephant seals, and rarer fur seals. The California coast is dotted with places where you can get close to these creatures–but not too close, please–they may be cute and pierce your heart with their soulful eyes, but they are still wild animals. During breeding season, the antics and mating rituals of these pinnipeds are far more exciting (and graphic) than any homo-sapiens-based reality TV. Enjoy these 9 spots!