Sea lion attacks force authorities to close California beach to swimmers

SAUSALITO, CA - MARCH 18: A sick and malnourished sea lion pup sits in an enclosure at the Marine Mammal Center on March 18, 2015 in Sausalito, California. For the third winter in a row, hundreds of sick and starving California sea lions are washing up on California shores, with over 1,800 found and treated at rehabilitation centers throughout the state since the beginning of the year. The Marine Mammal Center is currently caring for 224 of the emaciated pups. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A man is in the hospital and a popular swimming area is closed after a sea lion attack in San Francisco on Friday morning.

It was the second sea lion attack on a San Francisco swimmer in less than 24 hours.

San Francisco Fire reported the rescue at Aquatic Park on Twitter at 9:07 a.m.

The man was taken to a local trauma center with non-life-threatening injuries, according to fire officials.

At first, people were warned to avoid the Aquatic Park area, or “swim at your own risk.”

Around 10:30 a.m., officials announced they are closing the park until Monday.

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Here is the full statement from Aquatic Park Cove:

Aquatic Park Cove Closed for Swimming Due To Marine Mammal Bites
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s Aquatic Park Cove has been closed for swimming from today until Monday, December 18, 2018. Working in collaboration with City agencies (including the SFPD, SFFD and SF Department of Emergency Management) the park has decided, in the interest of public safety, to restrict swimming in the Cove to monitor and access the situation in light of two recent marine mammal bites.

The Aquatic Park Cove, host to two swimming/rowing clubs, is a favorite spot for swimming along San Francisco’s northern waterfront. While an occasional unpleasant interaction with San Francisco Bay wildlife is not unusual, the park has received reports of two serious bite incidents in the last two days. The park is working with other agencies to identify the animal, and try to determine the reason for this unusual, aggressive behavior.

This is the second sea lion attack in San Francisco this week.

The first happened Thursday afternoon near Pier 45.

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