A injured sea lion is captured on Tuesday, who was being sought after a photograph surfaced showing the animal had been stabbed with a metal rod in Oxnard. A sea lion with an apparent stab wound is pictured on May 23, 2015. (Credit: Tony Raimondo)
A sea lion with an apparent stab wound is pictured on May 23, 2015. (Credit: Tony Raimondo)
In the image, a sea lion can be seen resting on a dock at Oxnard’s Peninsula Yacht Marina (map) with a large gash spanning much of its body vertically, and a rod appearing to stick out from its gut.
“It indicates that somebody must have deliberately gouged that poor (sea lion) and made about a 12-inch gash,” said Tony Raimondo, who took the picture on Saturday.
Raimondo contacted animal officials, who had since been searching for the injured sea lion.
The sea lion reappeared on Tuesday evening and was eventually corralled.
It took about an hour and a half to tranquillize, net and transport the 700 pound animal from the water to a truck bound for SeaWorld.
The metal rod, described as a homemade harpoon, was removed before the sea lion was transported.