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Sick sea lion taken to SeaWorld after washing up at Navy base

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A sick and dazed California sea lion that washed up on the shore of North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado was tranquilized and taken Friday to SeaWorld San Diego for treatment.

The 435-pound animal was suffering from seizures, dehydration and malnourishment when a team of sailors and SeaWorld rescue specialists lifted it off the beach and into a transport van. The animal appeared about 25% underweight, SeaWorld officials said.

The sea lion had been spotted on the beach for more than a week. Now it is being treated at SeaWorld's animal care complex while tests are being done to determine the cause of its distress.

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Photos, from top: Sailors and SeaWorld rescue specialists lift sea lion onto stretcher on the beach at Naval Air Station North Island.

The sea lion before being tranquilized. Credit: Mike Aguilera / SeaWorld San Diego

 
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