Surfers at Agate Beach Saturday evening saw a disturbance in the water and quickly realized that a shark was going after a sea lion. The surfers quickly headed for the beach. A while later the sea lion emerged from the shore break and crawled up onto a rock. They say the sea lion was barking and crying with some nasty bite gashes on its back.
Usually if an animal can make it back into the water and seems able to function, even though wounded, it’s usually the position of the ODFW and the Stranded Marine Mammal program to wish the animal well and let Mother Nature take over from there.
Julie Hollen who snapped the picture said the sea lion got out of the water and covered a lot of real estate to climb up on the rock. So it’s a good sign that he may have a good chance of surviving his wound. You can see teeth left by the shark in the sea lion’s lower back blubber.