While they don't actually drink (they get their water from their food), California sea lions are certainly opportunistic eaters. This guy ranges up each fall, probably from southern California, to dine on Puget Sound's finest. Today's special is Chinook salmon, passing through Elliott Bay in their attempt to spawn.
This week's opportunity is a gill net strung from the sea wall just north of Pier 70. The Muckleshoot tribe member who tends the net is exercising his right to fish his ancestral grounds, granted in 1854 by Washington's first governor, Isaac Stevens, and reaffirmed by U.S. District Judge George Boldt's decision in 1974.
By the end of each day, the fisherman and the sea lion split the catch, their shares based on the luck of the salmon and the timing of their visits.