WARNING: Graphic Photos below.
We spent the day in San Francisco today, and I planned a nice little post about the beauty of North Beach. The only problem is, that we wound up down at Pier 39 after a wonderful lunch and afternoon in the City’s Italian neighborhoods. And at Pier 39, as I usually do, I wandered over to have a look at how many sea lions were out sunning themselves on the docks.
I took the following photos and did not see what was there until I got home and put them up on the computer screen.
If you cannot stomach hurt animals, go no further and click off this post, and do not look at the photos.
This sea lion had been prone when I first started taking photos, but then sat up and stretched into the position shown, and stayed like that as long as I was there, with his neck held up.
The following photo shows you how smooth and sleek a sea lion’s neck is without a noose around it.
When I saw what I had in those first two photos, I googled the San Francisco Marine Mammal Center, and spoke with one of their staff to report this. I was told they had tried to rescue what they think might be this same sea lion last week, but were unsuccessful. They will go out again tomorrow, Monday. I e-mailed them the two photos to help them identify the animal.
All I can think of is that this animal is suffering. He may have gotten caught in fish netting, or rope thrown overboard, or rope that broke loose, from one of the boats in the bay. It may be something someone carelessly threw into the water.