Angry sea lion charges at beachgoers on popular California beach: ‘Get out of the water’

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Dozens of beachgoers successful San Diego ran for their lives erstwhile a protect oversea lion charged astatine nan unwelcomed quality visitors who seemingly approached its pups.

The oversea lion was captured connected video swimming astir La Jolla Cove pinch nan babies earlier it began barking astatine nan swimmers connected June 23.

“Oh, they are benignant of close, get retired of nan water, fat ass,” 1 personification tin beryllium heard saying earlier nan oversea lion rushes retired of nan water.

Several group jumped up from wherever they were seated connected nan formation arsenic nan oversea lion leaped toward them.

The oversea lion was captured connected video swimming astir La Jolla Cove pinch nan babies earlier it began barking astatine nan swimmers connected June 23. Lauren Bertrand via Storyful

Some leisurely carried their belongings distant while others pulled retired their phones to archive their adjacent brushwood pinch nan protective mother, video captured by tourer Lauren Bertrand shows.

“Visited La Jolla, CA this play to spot nan Sea Lions successful their (natural) residence and to study much astir these ‘protected’ ecosystems,” Bertrand said connected TikTok. “The group were peopling and this large feline was NOT having it.”

The video cuts to an big oversea lion and a juvenile successful a afloat sprint barreling toward swimmers, forcing them to either tally retired of nan measurement aliases flop backward into nan water.

Several group jumped up from wherever they were seated connected nan formation arsenic nan oversea lion leaped toward them. Lauren Bertrand via Storyful
The video cuts to an big oversea lion and a juvenile successful a afloat sprint barreling toward swimmers, forcing them to either tally retired of nan measurement aliases flop backward into nan water. Lauren Bertrand via Storyful

The oversea lion put nan brakes connected her onslaught earlier anyone was injured.

La Jolla Cove is situated astir 200 yards from Point La Jolla, a rocky information of nan San Diego coastline, which has turned into a celebrated hang-out spot for oversea lions.

Point La Jolla was closed for nationalist entree indefinitely past September pursuing complaints from residents and activists to protect nan oversea lions.

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The unanimous metropolis assembly determination came months aft a akin business wherever two ample oversea lions charged astatine beachgoers wading successful nan waters of La Jolla Cove.

“Please springiness that large, male oversea lion plenty of room,” a lifeguard tin beryllium heard saying complete a loudspeaker. “They person bitten people, and they are protected animals.”

San Diego has provided ample warnings to nan nationalist alerting them of nan dangers they consequence going adjacent nan wildlife surviving successful nan area.

La Jolla Cove is situated astir 200 yards from Point La Jolla, a rocky information of nan San Diego coastline, which has turned into a celebrated hang-out spot for oversea lions. Lauren Bertrand via Storyful

“Members of nan nationalist person been observed trying to touch, return selfies, and get arsenic adjacent to oversea lions arsenic imaginable which is simply a vulnerable business for some nan nationalist and nan animals,” nan city’s website reads.

It is vulnerable for humans to get adjacent to nan Califonia oversea lions during nan summertime months, arsenic pupping play runs from early May and precocious October.

Those months are “a very important clip for mother oversea lions and their young to bond, caregiver and study to swim.”

San Diego has provided ample warnings to nan nationalist alerting them of nan dangers they consequence going adjacent nan wildlife surviving successful nan area. Lauren Bertrand via Storyful

Human interactions pinch big oversea lions and their young during this play could consequence successful wounded aliases abandonment of oversea lion offspring and fierce behaviour from big oversea lions,” nan website warns. “These interactions are not only vulnerable for some humans and wildlife, it whitethorn beryllium a usurpation of nan national Marine Mammal Protection Act which helps to safeguard these animals.”

Along pinch nan integer warnings, signs person been posted passim nan beach, detailing designated aquatics areas, closed-off sections and reminders to not bring dogs successful definite areas.


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