Sea World rescues distressed elephant seal from La Jolla Cove

This elephant seal lies on the beach Piedras Blancas, near San Simeon in 1997.  Since then, it has become illegal to get this close and the beach has been roped off to protect the elephant seals' hauling out area. Photo: Rick Ware
This elephant seal lies on the beach Piedras Blancas, near San Simeon in 1997. Since then, it has become illegal to get this close and the beach has been roped off to protect the elephant seals' hauling out area. Photo: Rick Ware

An ill elephant seal reported on the beach at La Jolla Cove Tuesday about 3:30 p.m. was rescued by Sea World and taken back to the marine park for treatment.

“We determined it was dyhydrated,” said Dave Koontz, Sea World’s director of communications. “It was lethargic and had some weepy eyes. We’re stabilizing it, hydrating it giving it an I.V.”

Koontz said a vet would examine the marine mammal later today and do tests to assess its condition. “They’ll probably take a blood sample,” he said.

He added the distressed animal was reported both by lifeguards and a private citizen on the park’s hotline.

Koontz said the elephant seal was believed to be 10 months to a year old. It is about 4 feet long and weighs about 90 pounds.

   
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