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Stranded sea lion caught wandering streets in Ocean Beach

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SAN DIEGO -- A young sea lion was spotted early Friday morning in the street near the OB Pier.

People kept an eye on the sea lion as they waited for police to arrive. The sea lion wandered into a parking structure where officers used zip cuffs to tie pieces of lattice for a makeshift pen to corral the animal.

“Main concern was the animal could bite a citizen. Secondly, it could’ve been hit by a vehicle," said Sgt. Salvador Hurtado with SDPD.

Eric Otjen of SeaWorld rescued the sea lion and said she's about eight to nine months old and was malnourished and dehydrated -- like many of the more than 160 marine mammals rescued by SeaWorld this year.

“They stop eating when they can’t find the food sources. There's El Niño, the water’s warmer -- a bunch of different factors. We're seeing a lot of that right now," said Otjen.

People who spot stranded marine mammals are advised to keep their distance and call the SeaWorld hotline at 1-800-541-SEAL.

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