Authorities responded to reports of a sick or injured sea lion stranded on a sidewalk near the Yacht Club in Point Loma Sunday morning.
Authorities said the adult female sea lion was first spotted by a passerby around 7:45 a.m. on Anchorage Lane and Talbot Lane.
The animal was lying on the sidewalk, clearly in distress.
Animal control officials arrived at the scene a short time later, as well as officials from SeaWorld. Police also protected the area to make sure civilians didn’t approach the sea lion.
SeaWorld animal care specialist Mike Glenn helped rescue the sea lion. She will be transported to SeaWorld for treatment.
Authorities said the 115-pound sea lion appears to be 50 to 75-pounds below the normal weight for a California sea lion and looks lethargic.
Experts at the scene said the animal could be suffering from dehydration and malnutrition.
The sea lion will be given nutrients and fluids at SeaWorld for the next few days.