Sea Lion Caught Blocking Traffic in Point Loma - NBC Bay Area

Sea Lion Caught Blocking Traffic in Point Loma

It was in no apparent hurry to clear the intersection despite the row of cars waiting for their right of way.

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    Sea Lion Lies in Road, Blocks Traffic in Point Loma

    A sea lion was found lying in the middle of the road in Point Loma, causing traffic delays. People on the street were heard singing Seal's "Kiss From a Rose." (Published Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018)

    Why did this sea lion cross the road?

    We're not really sure, but it must not have been that important because it stopped in the middle of a Point Loma intersection to apparently scratch its back.

    Officers were called to the intersection of Garrison and Rosecrans streets around 3:30 p.m. to find the seal lying on its back in the roadway blocking traffic.

    It was in no apparent hurry to clear the intersection despite the row of cars waiting for their right of way.

    A SeaWorld San Diego crew arrived a short time later and trapped the sea lion in a net and loaded it into a cage. People on the street were heard on video singing Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose” as the scene unfolded.

    The sea lion was taken to SeaWorld's Animal Health and Rescue Center and given a full-body exam.

    SeaWorld Senior Animal Care Specialist Heather Armentrout said the female sea lion didn't appear to have any injuries but did say it was odd for her to be in the street.

    She is able to eat live fish and remains "alert, active and responsive," SeaWorld said.

    The rescue center will monitor her for a few days, but haven't announced when she will be ready to return to the ocean.

    Armentrout said she's taken part in sea lion rescues in city streets before but has never seen one that far inland.