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  • Sea Lion Bites Man, Pulls Him Underwater at Mission Bay Marina

    04/06/2015 10:08:01 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 4/7 | Samantha Tatro
    A man is recovering after a sea lion bit his hand and pulled him off a boat and underwater, San Diego officials said. The man was holding a fish on a docked boat in the Hyatt Mission Bay Marina Sunday afternoon when the sea lion, apparently attempting to get the fish, bit the man's arm and pulled him into the water by his hand, said Lee Swanson, a spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. He was pulled under for about 20 seconds, though he did not take in any water. By the time rescue officials arrived, he was back...
  • Sea Lion Pup Climbs on Board, Rides With Surfer in Cardiff

    03/21/2015 12:28:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 3/21 | Laura McVicker
    Dan Murphy was surfing Cardiff By-the-Sea when a wiggly little creature jumped on his board and crawled up his back. At first, the Cardiff resident thought he was being attacked. But as he turned around, he saw a sea lion pup hugging him, as if the animal were scared. Murphy, a longtime surfer, was amazed. On that Sunday morning off the shore of San Elijo Campground, a friendship was formed, he said. “You see a lot of wildlife. You see those pups around this time of year,” he said. “I’ve never seen them interact with people like that.” Murphy said...
  • 'I Jumped Off a Bridge to End My Life But Was Saved - by a Sea Lion'

    03/05/2015 8:39:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Mirror ^ | 5 March 2015 | John Shammas
    Kevin Hines was battling mental illness when he tried to commit suicide, but believed the sea creature kept him afloat and saved his lifeA man who was suffering from mental illness and depression has revealed how a sea lion saved his life after he tried to kill himself. Kevin Hines jumped off San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge in 2000, but against all the odds he managed to survive. Hines told how his depression had led him to see life through a "bit of tunnel vision," leading him to think he had to die. SNIP He told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation:...
  • Sea Lions And Seals Likely Spread Tuberculosis To Ancient Peruvians

    08/21/2014 1:43:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 15 replies
    NPR ^ | 21 Aug 2014 | Michaeleen Doucleff
    When Europeans came to the Americas, they brought some nasty diseases — smallpox, cholera and typhus, to name a few.But one pathogen was already there. And it likely traveled to the shores of South America in a surprising vessel.By analyzing DNA from 1,000-year-old mummies, scientists have found evidence that sea lions and seals were the first to bring tuberculosis to the New World. The sea animals likely infected people living along the coast of Peru and northern Chile, a team from the University of Tubingen in Germany reported Wednesday in the journal Nature."We weren't expecting to find a connection to...
  • Shark Chokes on Sea Lion

    07/19/2014 5:48:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Local15 ^ | Friday, July 18 2014
    Viral video shows a shark beaching itself on an Australian beach, and now we're finding out why. Scientists say the shark swallowed an adult sea lion and it got stuck in the shark's throat. Viral video making the rounds on the Internet shows the shark swimming close to the shoreline of a western Australian beach. The video was captured July 12. An updated post two days later said the shark's carcass had washed up on the beach. In the video the great white shark can be seen very close to the shore. Scientists say it then swam about 50 meters...
  • Gabby Giffords & Husband Mark Kelly's Daughter's Dog Kills Baby Seal (Killed More Than My AR-15)

    03/26/2013 7:18:36 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | March 25, 2013 | CBS Los Angeles
    Gabrielle Giffords’ Husband Pulls Daughter’s Dog Off Sea Lion In Laguna Beach LAGUNA BEACH ( — Gabrielle Giffords’ husband pulled his daughter’s dog off of a sea lion in Laguna Beach over the weekend. The incident, which was captured on video, happened around 1:40 p.m. Saturday at Goff Cove Beach by the Montage Laguna Beach. Retired astronaut Mark Kelly’s 18-year-old daughter, who was on vacation with her father and Giffords, was walking the American bulldog on a leash when the 65-pound dog saw the sea lion, ran off and attacked. Nathan, who declined to give his last name, happened to...
  • Growling sea lion pup pulled from under police car

    05/05/2010 12:24:56 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 24 replies · 1,340+ views
    hosted ^ | May 5
    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A sea lion pup has been captured after hiding under a San Diego police car for four hours in the middle of a road. Police Sgt. Jack Knish says officers got a call about 4 a.m. Wednesday that the pup was crossing a street in the Ocean Beach area.
  • Sea lion found on rooftop deck

    04/23/2010 3:45:37 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 27 replies · 815+ views
    upi ^ | April 23, 2010
    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.- A California man said he awoke to sounds on his rooftop deck and investigated to find a sea lion pup flopping around atop the four-story home. Mike Kai, 27, of Newport Beach, said he woke up Thursday at about sunrise and investigated the source of the sounds on top of his house to discover the sea lion wandering around on the rooftop deck, the Orange County Register reported Friday. "It came off the beach, and I guess the way our stairs work, you can climb straight up to our roof deck," Kai said. Kai called animal control...
  • Octopus vs. Sea Lion – First Ever Video

    04/14/2010 10:04:19 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 25 replies · 1,647+ views
    ecnmag ^ | April 13, 2010
    Sea lions fitted with GPS trackers and a National Geographic Crittercam are taking scientists on amazing journeys to previously unknown marine ‘hot spots.’ These areas are important not only for providing the sea lions’ food, but also for maintaining fish populations. The Crittercams were deployed at Dangerous Reef in Spencer Gulf, a rocky island the size of a football field, and home to the biggest Australian sea lion colony. Dr. Page says, “One important discovery is that the sea lions always feed on the sea floor” and they don’t eat open ocean fish, known as pelagic. “This is critical information...
  • Use of Deadly Force Authorized Against Renegade Sea Lions

    03/10/2010 6:42:00 AM PST · by mattstat · 16 replies · 494+ views
    The deadliest force known to man—The Law of Unintended Consequences—has struck again. This time it has led to the deliberate slaughter of sea lions by armed agents of the U.S. Government. What happened was this: A dam was built in Bonneville, east of Portland, Oregon. As dams will, it created a barrier for both water and anything else that would otherwise traverse the river. This “anything else” included fish, like salmon. And not just any salmon, chinook salmon. See, chinook salmon are one of the lucky few species protected by a law meant to preserve their breed: The Endangered Species...
  • Baby sealion saved by sailors - Doin' the Right Thing..., Good job Alchemists...

    10/26/2009 9:24:35 PM PDT · by Ready4Freddy · 6 replies · 478+ views
    Sailing Anarchy Forums ^ | Oct 26, 2009 | DryArmour
    There are things more important than winning a race...(I know, hard to believe)... These guys could have scared the pup off the back and kept racing but instead made a commendable choice. From Randy Smith A very heartwarming story from Campbell Cup this weekend. A baby seal stricken with a horrible fishing net around its neck jumped aboard the Andrews 70 Alchemy, seemingly reaching out for help for its pain. The crew took the seal into Alamitos Bay ...and handed it over to a Marine Animal Rescue team. The latest report is that the seal will survive. This is what...
  • Mike the sea lion dies of heart failure after marathon mating session at German zoo

    07/22/2009 7:10:31 PM PDT · by GQuagmire · 58 replies · 1,679+ views ^ | 22nd July 2009 | Allan Hall
    A male sea lion on has died of exhaustion after a marathon mating session at an zoo in Germany. The mammal, named Mike who was originally from California, was already a father of 12. He passed away yesterday after an extended session with the females at the park in Nuremberg proved too much for his heart. Mike - described as 'good-natured' by the zoo - had mated repeatedly with females Farah, Tiffy and Soda.
  • Young Sea Lion Rescued From Richmond Expressway

    05/21/2009 7:55:15 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 2 replies · 284+ views
    SFChronicle ^ | May 21st 2009
    Young sea lion rescued from Richmond expressway Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer Thursday, May 21, 2009 RICHMOND -- A young sea lion was rescued today after it was found roaming an expressway in Richmond, authorities said. IMAGES The 30-pound, 3-foot-long sea lion, believed to be just under a year old, was found on the Richmond Parkway near Giant Road about 1:20 a.m. Richmond police called a volunteer with the Marine Mammal Center who lives nearby to help snag the sea lion. The whiskered critter played a game of hide-and-seek for a while, maneuvering underneath a police cruiser near Goodrick...
  • Scared Sea Lion Pup Settles in Under Squad Car

    05/21/2009 10:55:26 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 785+ views
    NBC11 ^ | 5/21/09 | Jessica Greene
    Why did the sea lion cross the road? The better question might be: How did he get there? A sea lion pup showed up in lanes of traffic on Richmond Parkway near Giant Highway in Richmond just before 1:30 a.m. Thursday. When officers got there, the little pup hid under squad cars. Cops eventually got it out and into a carrier case. It's now at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito and appears to be in good health. Wildlife experts speculate the pup may have come from the ocean at San Pablo Bay or possibly a nearby creek. Marine mammal...
  • Sea lion rescued near Oakland airport runway [Pics + Video]

    12/26/2008 3:06:50 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 11 replies · 741+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 12/23/2008 | Sean Maher
    OAKLAND — An emaciated-looking California sea lion that wandered to the edge of an Oakland International Airport runway was sent to a marine animal hospital Tuesday.
  • Court spares salmon-scarfing sea lions (OR & WA)

    04/24/2008 11:37:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies · 77+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | April 24, 2008 | Michael Milstein
    A federal appeals court injunction issued Wednesday says Northwest states can trap, but not kill, the animalsThe on-again, off-again permission for Oregon and Washington officials to kill salmon-gobbling sea lions below Bonneville Dam is off again, courtesy of a federal appeals court injunction issued Wednesday. However, the appeals court said state officials could still capture sea lions and ship them to zoos. Oregon officials said they will begin trapping up to eight of the Bonneville animals today. The sea lions gather at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River to feast on salmon, including imperiled species, gathering to climb the dam's...
  • Judge OKs plans to capture, kill sea lions on Columbia River

    04/16/2008 3:52:09 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies · 80+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | April 16, 2008 | Scott Learn
    A federal judge on Wednesday refused to stop fishery officials from trapping and killing California sea lions who are eating endangered salmon at Bonneville Dam. The Humane Society of the United States had challenged the plan, arguing that federal officials had failed to show that trapping the sea lions will have a significant impact on the salmon runs. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman said the government had shown that the sea lions were doing "serious damage." The Humane Society also argued that trapping and killing the animals would harm kayakers and others who have established relationships with individual...
  • Plan to kill salmon-chomping sea lions postponed (OR, WA)

    04/02/2008 8:47:15 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies · 172+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | April 2, 2008 | AP
    The authorized killing of California sea lions at a dam on the Columbia River would be postponed under a proposal reached Tuesday by the Humane Society of the United States and federal and state governments. The Humane Society filed a motion March 28 seeking a preliminary injunction against the authorization for killing the animals and said it would seek a temporary restraining order if it wasn't granted by Friday, the earliest date the "lethal removal" was likely to begin. Those favoring the removal say the sea lions are damaging salmon runs listed under the Endangered Species Act and protected at...
  • The Sea Lion Dilemma: Feast or Salmon?

    03/23/2008 1:27:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies · 345+ views
    The Columbian ^ | March 23, 2008 | Erik Robinson
    The hunter may soon become the hunted at Bonneville Dam. Sea lions have in recent years converted the damÂ’s forebay into their own salmon buffet line, but soon they may eat their last meal. Federal authorities last week granted a request by the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho to shoot California sea lions believed to be taking a chunk of salmon stocks that have already dwindled nearly to the point of extinction. The issue pits one creature against another, but it more fundamentally raises questions about humansÂ’ role in trying to strike a balance. Ultimately, itÂ’s likely someone will...
  • US allows states to kill sea lions to save salmon

    03/18/2008 8:01:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 50 replies · 907+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 19, 2008
    TRAPS, pyrotechnics and beanbags shot at sea lions have failed to deter the annual springtime feast of threatened salmon at a northwestern US dam... The National Marine Fisheries Service authorised Oregon and Washington state officials to first attempt to catch the sea lions that arrive at the base of the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River and hold them 48 hours to see whether an aquarium, zoo or similar facility will take them. Otherwise, they could be euthanised, along with those that avoid trapping. About 60 of the California sea lions, identified by branding, scars or other markings, were deemed...
  • Fisherman arrested for stabbing sea lion

    07/28/2007 3:15:02 PM PDT · by george76 · 113 replies · 2,352+ views
    A 24-year-old angler has been arrested in California for allegedly stabbing a sea lion with a steak knife after the animal stole bait off his fishing pole. Injuries to the 6-foot-long, female mammal were so severe she had to be euthanized several hours after the attack, the Los Angeles Times said Saturday. Hai Nguyen, who was being held at Newport Beach Jail on $20,000 bail, is expected to be arraigned early next week on a charge of felony cruelty to animals. Nguyen could face a $25,000 fine and up to a year in prison if convicted. The U.S. attorney's office...
  • Recent sea lion attacks in California challenge animal's cuddly and playful image

    11/28/2006 6:52:03 PM PST · by george76 · 68 replies · 1,554+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 28, 2006 | MARCUS WOHLSEN
    Tourists flock to Fisherman's Wharf... Now a series of sea-lion attacks on people in recent months has led experts to warn that the animals are not as cute and cuddly as they appear. In the most frightening of the recent episodes, a rogue sea lion bit 14 swimmers this month and chased 10 more out of the water at San Francisco's Aquatic Park, a sheltered lagoon near the bay. At least one victim suffered puncture wounds... In Southern California in June, a sea lion charged several people on Manhattan Beach and bit a man before waddling into the water and...
  • Rogue sea lion bites at least 14 in S.F.

    11/16/2006 8:17:47 AM PST · by GQuagmire · 35 replies · 884+ views
    AP ^ | November 16, 2006 | unknown
    SAN FRANCISCO --A California sea lion has bitten at least 14 people and chased 10 others out of the water this week at a public park's lagoon, prompting the city to temporarily close the area to swimmers. No serious injuries have been reported, but officials decided to ban swimming at the Aquatic Park Lagoon on Wednesday until the testy marine mammal has moved on. Experts say the rogue sea lion could be protecting his harem of mates or might have brain damage from toxic algae
  • Maggie the sea lion paints for fish

    09/27/2006 6:21:47 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 7 replies · 1,692+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | Wed Sep 27, 6:02 PM ET
    Maggie the sea lion paints for fish Wed Sep 27, 6:02 PM ET PITTSBURGH - Some artists suffer for their work. Maggie, an 11-year-old sea lion at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, gets to eat dead fish for hers. Kesha Phares, a zoo trainer, has been teaching the animal to paint since last year. "It's, in a way, enriching," Phares told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review for Wednesday's editions. "Sea lions are very smart animals, and painting keeps their minds active." It took three months to get the animal to hold a paint brush and touch the bristles to paper. Phares...
  • Crafty Sea Lion Befuddles Engineers

    04/01/2006 9:32:15 AM PST · by Daralundy · 23 replies · 895+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo ^ | April 1, 2006 | JOSEPH B. FRAZIER
    A particularly crafty sea lion is befuddling the Army Corps of Engineers, who have come to believe the 1,000-pound mammal is either from hell — or from Harvard. The sea lion and his ilk have been camping out at the base of the Bonneville Dam and munching chinook salmon trying to migrate up the Columbia River to spawn. Last year they ate about 3.5 percent of the migrating run at a time when salmon numbers were down and demand was up. This year's run begins in earnest in April. One particular sea lion — named C404 because of a brand...
  • Crafty Sea Lion Befuddles Fish Biologists

    04/01/2006 1:59:35 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 32 replies · 1,246+ views ^ | 3 31 06 | JOSEPH B. FRAZIER
    CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. - In his way, C404 is kind of cute, with those sea-lion whiskers, soft brown eyes and furry little head. But to many he is a sea lion either from hell _ or from Harvard. C404 has driven the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Bonneville Dam to near distraction as he and his ilk sit at the base and munch salmon gathered to continue upriver to spawn. Numerous sea lions head for the dam each spring, but C404 is in a class by himself. He has figured out how to get into fish ladders that help...
  • Lifeguard attacked by sea lion, needs 30 stitches to repair cuts

    07/07/2005 10:51:30 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies · 1,402+ views
    KESQ ^ | July 7, 2005
    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. An off-duty lifeguard swimming in the ocean at El Capitan State Beach west of Santa Barbara needed 30 stitches to repair the cuts he received from an attack by a sea lion. Jim West was swimming about 50 yards offshore when he was attacked by the sea lion yesterday afternoon. He tried to ward off the attack, at one point holding the sea lion by its head, but suffered major cuts to his forearms and one leg in the process. Wes Chapin with the State Parks Department says everyone is puzzled over why the sea lion attacked....
  • Sea lion makes waves in Petaluma

    06/17/2004 11:00:11 PM PDT · by freebilly · 6 replies · 200+ views
    The Press Democrat ^ | 6/17/04 | Tobias Young
    A sea lion found its way up the Petaluma River and crawled out into the parking lot of a motorcycle shop where a crowd gathered Thursday afternoon to watch. The adult male sea lion had been spotted several times in Petaluma in the past week, authorities said. By Thursday, it had reached the northern end of town, hauling out near the busy intersection of Petaluma Boulevard and Stony Point Road. At about 3 p.m., it was spotted in the parking lot of Cycle West, a motorcycle shop on Petaluma Boulevard. It was headed toward the road when employees and passersby...
  • Bullet Found in Head of Calif. Sea Lion

    02/10/2004 8:11:14 PM PST · by knak · 22 replies · 276+ views
    abc ^ | 2/10/04
    SAUSALITO, Calif. Feb. 10 — A bullet was found lodged in the head of a sea lion discovered flopping along a road in central California some 60 miles from the ocean. The 300-pound male was spotted by motorists near Los Banos Monday morning and picked up by animal rescue workers later in the day. Initial speculation was that the sea lion swam up the San Joaquin River from the ocean and through a series of canals in search of food. Animal rescue personnel now believe the sea lion may have been disoriented because of the bullet in the back of...
  • 280-pound sea lion forsakes ocean for trip to farm

    02/10/2004 2:05:35 AM PST · by calcowgirl · 20 replies · 175+ views
    Mercury News ^ | Feb. 10, 2004 | Lisa M. Krieger
    <p>A long, strange trip that probably started with a wrong turn at San Francisco's Pier 39 ended Monday morning when a farmer found the traveler near a muddy San Joaquin Valley cotton field.</p> <p>There sat a tired -- but feisty -- California sea lion.</p>