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700-pound sea lion found swimming miles from ocean in Irvine

August 7, 2012 | 10:40 am

Just two days after animal control officials helped him make his way back to sea, Franklin the 700-pound sea lion went off course again.

Franklin was spotted around 9 a.m. Monday, swimming upstream in the San Diego Creek in Irvine, said Irvine Police Department Public Information Officer Julia Engen.

Two hours later, Franklin was captured just south of Warner Avenue by officials from the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, who transported him by truck to a holding facility.

Engen said Franklin, who appeared to be a bit tired from the trek, will be given some time to rest before being released back into the ocean.

Franklin, who was named after Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin, was first captured Saturday after he was caught sunning himself in the creek.


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