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California Sea Lion stranded near Seacrest Park Skip to main content July 18, 2018|61 °F Cloudy Search Search Secondary links Subscribe Advertise Contact Us Westside Seattle if (typeof googletag !== "undefined") { googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag. }); } NewsBallardHighlineWest SeattlePolice BlotterBallardHighlineWest SeattleCalendarBallardHighlineWest SeattleFeaturesBallardHighlineWest SeattleArts & EntertainmentBallardHighlineWest SeattleObitsBallardHighlineWest SeattleSportsBallardHighlineWest SeattleEatBallardHighlineWest SeattleTrafficBallardWest SeattleDwellHealthMoneyOpinion Recent Articles California Sea Lion stranded near Seacrest Park Next seven story building in the Junction set for early design guidance meeting Aug. 2 Ballard homeowner fires gun at burglar; Gunshot victim shows up at hospital ten minutes later Blood Drive Thursday in Burien Three home burglary suspects being sought in White Center West Seattle Traffic Cameras - Current traffic conditions if (typeof googletag !== "undefined") { googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag. }); } Trending California Sea Lion stranded near Seacrest Park Next seven story building in the Junction set for early design guidance meeting Aug. 2 Ballard homeowner fires gun at burglar; Gunshot victim shows up at hospital ten minutes later Blood Drive Thursday in Burien Three home burglary suspects being sought in White Center West Seattle Traffic Cameras - Current traffic conditions California Sea Lion stranded near Seacrest Park California Sea Lion stranded near Seacrest Park if (typeof googletag !== "undefined") { googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag. }); } A California Sea Lion has been stranded near Seacrest Park in West Seattle for the last few days. The cause of the stranding is not known but the animal appears to be injured. Wed, 07/18/2018 An adult California Sea Lion has been stranded at West Seattle's Seacrest Park since last Friday. The animal appears to be injured or disabled, since it cannot effectively move its hindquarters. Seal Sitters, the local organization dedicated to marine mammal welfare has set up a barrier to prevent harassment. Marine mammals including seals, sea lions, sea otters, whales, and porpoises are protected by the federal laws that require the public stay 100 yards away.  Executive Director of Seal Sitters, Robin Lindsay said, "Seal Sitters has been monitoring this ill and injured animal since Friday under challenging circumstances to keep the animal and public as safe as possible. We have been in consultation with WDFW Marine Mammal Investigations and consulting vets, weighing the best options." It's possible the animal will be euthanized as early as today. Typically a necropsy is conducted to determine why the animal was stranded or incapable of movement whether due to disease or injury. Normally at this time of year California Sea Lions have left Elliott Bay and Puget Sound and headed south for mating season. A paddle board safety demonstration scheduled to take place at Seacrest will likely have to move to Cove 2 to avoid disturbing the animal.   Members of Seal Sitters stand behind a protective barrier keeping watch over a stranded California Sea Lion near Seacrest Park. Photo by Patrick Robinson  Robinson Papers West Seattle Herald Add new comment Your name Comment About text formats CAPTCHA This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions. 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