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Even the sea lions in Laguna Canyon are forced to evacuate

December 22, 2010 |  1:07 pm

It got so wet in southern Orange County's Laguna Canyon that animal-rescue workers were forced to transfer seals and a sea lion to higher ground.

When authorities allowed workers to check the Pacific Marine Mammal Center Wednesday morning, they found their barn-like facility swamped by 4 feet of water.

The staffers got two northern elephant seal pups and one California sea lion into crates to take them to another animal rehabilitation facility, said Melissa Sciacca, the center's development director.

"The animals are all safe," she said.

Pacific Marine is a nonprofit center that helps with the rescue, rehabilitation and release of marine mammals stranded along the Orange County coastline.


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-- Ken Weiss