Photo courtesy of California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Note to fishermen: when you’re on a boat admiring your catch, you’re suscepitble to a hungry sea lion.
In San Diego, a man got quite a jolt when simply holding up his fish in seemingly safe waters, until a visitor provided quite the photo bomb:
From Fox 5 San Diego:
The 62-year-old victim, who was not identified, was holding a fish posing for a picture near the Hyatt Mission Bay Marina at 2:40 p.m. being taken by a friend when the marine mammal attacked.
“The man was bitten by a sea lion and pulled into the water,” San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman Lee Swanson said.
A 300-pound sea lion grabbed the fish and pulled the man over the side into the water and dragged him 20 feet through the water.
“We estimated that he was in the water for 15 to 20 seconds. At that point, the sea lion let go and he was able to jump back into his boat,” said San Diego lifeguard Lt. John Sandmeyer.
The man sustained puncture wounds and lacerations to his leg, and was taken to a hospital for treatment.