NEWPORT BEACH — Animal rescuers now believe a second sea lion in Newport Harbor has a fishing line wound tightly around its neck.
"There may have been two all along," said Judi Jones, a director of Friends of the Sea Lion-Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach.
Several times in the past 6 weeks rescuers have tried to net a 2-year-old sea lion, weighing about 130 pounds, which often rests on a buoy in the harbor. But after seeing photographs in newspapers and on television, Jones noticed some pictured the pup, and others showed a 4-year-old male weighing from 250 to 300 pounds with a fishing line in an identical spot around its neck.
Pictures Show Difference
Jones said a crest, which begins growing on male sea lions' heads at the age of 4, appeared in some pictures and not in others.