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Officials with Pacific Marine Mammal Center are prepared to help a sea lion that was recently seen with plastic entangled around its neck in Dana Point Harbor.

A PMMC team went out on July 9 after the sea lion was seen, but members were not able to locate the animal. Krysta Higuchi, PMMC’s public relations manager, said on Monday, July 12, that the sea lion may have been gone because of tuna available in the ocean or due to mating season.

Regardless, PMMC has the approval to do a remote sedation on the animal in case of a rescue.

“If he is spotted, continue to call us,” Higuchi said. “We’ll be able to send a team right away.”

The sea lion’s patterns of movement have been established so PMMC can effectively monitor it.

The sea lion was first reported to PMMC in early July. To report sick or entangled marine life, call PMMC at 949.494.3050. For more information, visit

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