Video shows lifeguards rescuing injured sea lion

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SAN DIEGO – Two lifeguards came to the rescue of an injured sea lion in South Cardiff, caught on video.

Solana Beach lifeguards responded to a report of a sea lion in trouble at Seaside Reef Thursday at 9:15 a.m.

Video from Robert Wald of Ocean Magazine shows Rob McPhee walking up to the animal while Greg Uruburu had a crate. The men were able to pick it up and secure it until members of SeaWorld arrived.

"I was just like, 'you guys got a lot of guts to grab one of those,'" said Wald. "They are cute -- but if you try to grab them, they'll rip your arm off."

Solana Beach lifeguards told Fox 5 in the last two weeks, they've come to the aid of one to two sea lions every day.

Wald sent the video to one of the lifeguards.

“He told me they might be using it for a training video to show others – a live-action training film,” said Wald.

SeaWorld’s team said the Solana Beach sea lion was the fifth rescue of the morning and they were checking on 10 more stranded animals. When the team finds each animal, they deem whether it is ill or injured. They then bring them back to SeaWorld to be nursed back to health.

Since the beginning of the year, SeaWorld has taken in more than 150 sea lions.

If you need to report a sick or injured sea lion or seal, contact SeaWorld's hotline at 800-541-7325.

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