Sea lion-nado? San Fran imposes swimming ban after 3 attacks on swimmers

Sea lion-nado? San Fran imposes swimming ban after 3 attacks on swimmers
Sea lions at San Francisco's Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf east of Aquatic Park Cove. (Image: Screen grab of YouTube video)

[Ed. – A bit freaky.  Maybe someone will dig out historical information on when this has happened before.  In my lifetime, sea lions have been more inclined to just steer clear of humans.  Seems like there must be a change in conditions of some kind.]

A third attack by a sea mammal in San Francisco in a week has prompted officials to ban swimming in the Aquatic Park Cove on the northern edge of the city’s waterfront.

“The Aquatic Park Cove has been closed to swimming due to reports of an aggressive marine mammal biting swimmers in the area,” the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park tweeted Friday.

The closure is scheduled at least through Monday. …

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The San Francisco Fire Department said that an adult man suffered trauma injuries from a sea lion’s bite Friday morning. The National Park Service began posting signs that said, “Danger — Aquatic Park Cove closed for swimming due to multiple marine animal bites.”

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