Sea lion bites Alaska fisherman, tries to drag him into sea

2019-01-25 12:10
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A sea lion lunged onto a fishing boat off the Aleutian Islands last weekend, biting a crew member on the leg and trying to pull him into the water, officials said.

It marked the third time since 2017 that Stellar sea lions have bitten fishermen from the community of Sand Point on their legs.

Crew members on the boat on Sunday afternoon when the latest attack happened took the man to a medical clinic, where he was treated for his injuries and released, Sand Point police officer David Anderson told the Anchorage Daily News .

The newspaper reported that the crew member was helping pull up a net when the sea lion lurched up the stern ramp of the boat and bit him, attempting to drag him into the water.

The newspaper said it could not immediately reach the injured man for comment on Wednesday.

A Sand Point fisherman attacked by a sea lion last fall suffered similar injuries, Anderson said.

In another attack in January 2017, a fisherman was bitten on the calf while he worked on a boat. He reported the animal tried to drag him into the water.

Sea lions live throughout waters around Alaska, preying on salmon and other fish. Steller sea lions are federally protected.

Females weigh about 249kg while males reach more than 522kg.


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