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In a line paralleling the Salinas Valley and the San Andreas Fault to the east, the Santa Lucia Mountains taper into the Pacific Ocean at Point Lobos near Monterey, CA. The granitic rocks here provide a hauling-out place for sea lions and harbor seals, both of which species will on occasion fill the air with continuous barking. The Spanish explorers, most likely Vizcaino in his 1602 expedition, mistook the bark of the sea lions for that of wolves. For this reason this rocky point was named Punta Lobos Marinos on early maps of the California coast.