A sea lion is injured by fishing pole in La Jolla Cove.
Sea World rescued an injured sea lion after visitors noticed it had been impaled by a fisherman’s gaff pole. The hook of the was embeded about 3 inches into the animal.
The rescuers caught the animal with a large net. The rescue was apparently made easier due to the high tide that day.
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The sea lion turned out to be about 200 pounds and 5-8 years old. He is on the mend and should be released in about one week if treatments go as planned. He is being given anti-inflammatories and antibiotics, but hasn’t eaten much since he isn’t used to thawed fish.
Sea World is claiming that there has been an alarming increase in human related injuries to the sea lions in the last year and a half. Unfortunately, despite reports, officials have been unable to find those responsible.