Sea Lion Rescued After Clogging Traffic on California Interstate

by Amanda Glover
(Photo by Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)

Many people suspect traffic when on the way to work on a Friday morning. Has anyone expected to see a sea lion on the freeway?

On Friday morning in San Diego California, surprised drivers witnessed the large animal switching lanes of the 94 highway. California Highway Patrol reported the event. By the time they arrived at the scene, many were already doing their best to safely remove the animal from traffic. However, this was a 200-pound marine animal!

The team posted the event onto their Twitter page. The caption read: “It’s not every day you see a sea lion on the freeway. This morning at approximately 9:40 a.m., we received a call of a sea lion crossing from the right shoulder to the center median of SR-94 eastbound, west of I-805. Sea World rescue was able to quickly respond.”

A rescue team from SeaWorld San Diego safely captured the animal and took him to an animal rescue center. Thankfully, the animal is eating and displaying normal marine-animal behavior.

Surprisingly, this was not the first time Sea World employees spotted marine animals in unusual places. Back in November, a rescue team saw a sea lion relaxing by the San Diego Airport. We wonder where the creature was hoping to travel to.

Last year in December, another one of the animals was spotted along the boardwalk in Mission Beach and on the nearby navy base. Even marine animals need a little adventure, right?

Sea Lion Went For a Walk in Oregon

Looks like San Diego isn’t the only state dealing with marine animals going rogue. Last year in late November, police picked up a sea lion in Lincoln City, Oregon. Her name is Tiffany.

After the animal lost her way in the street after swimming upstream, local police helped her return to the ocean.

According to Newsweek, the police department posted about the events and how they helped Tiffany safely return home on Facebook. “An officer responded to Kenny’s IGA Village Market in Taft and explained what was going on. The staff at Kenny’s donated several packages of fish to our cause and refused payment for the fish insisting they wanted to do what they could to help out the animal. The gift of fish was presented to Tiffany, who was interested in the fish, but was likely too overstimulated and unfortunately was not willing to follow the bait.”