SACRAMENTO, CA - Tourists and visitors to Old Sacramento are concerned about a sea lion they're worried may be in distress.
Visitors walking along a gangway next to the Sacramento River at about 8 p.m. Wednesday noticed the animal at the river's edge, called Sacramento police and reported it appeared to be sick or injured.
Responding officers said they were unable to see any injurieis, but thought the animal might be bleeding from a wound they couldn't see.
Police called the Marine Mammal Center in Marin County and were told the center would consider sending a biologist to check on the sea lion on Thursday morning if it still appeared to be in distress.
Sea lions are frequent visitors to Old Sacramento, swimming up the Sacramento River from the San Francisco Bay and feasting on fish and other delicacies along the way.
The California Sea Lion can be found in significant numbers from Alaska all the way south to below the Baja peninsula.