On Monday, the Golden Gate National Park Service is planning to reopen the San Francisco’s Aquatic Park after shutting it down over the weekend. A second sea lion attack was reported on Friday. Though an extremely rare occurrence, it had happened two days in a row.
NBC reports that on Thursday, a 56-year-old man was charged by a sea lion in the water and bitten on the arm. A second man was bitten in the arm as well the following day. Authorities warned swimmers to keep out due to "multiple marine animal bites," according to signs in the area.
BAY RESCUE AQUATIC PARK REPORTED SEA LION ATTACK 1 adult male non-life threatening injuries taken to TRUAMA center CITY AGENCIES working together to mitigate At this time we recommend AVOID THE AREA SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK AT AQUATIC PARK @SFPD @SF_emergency @SFPort @GoldenGateNPS pic.twitter.com/4gpWMfE1wD— San Francisco Fire (@sffdpio) December 15, 2017
SEA LION UPDATE @GoldenGateNPS is closing Aquatic Park to swimmers and will have more information forthcoming. Public Safety agencies working together on safety plan regarding sea lion. NPS is the lead agency at this time. @SF_emergency @SFPD @LondonBreed https://t.co/SdXisTK2Ts— San Francisco Fire (@sffdpio) December 15, 2017
Swimmers say it's not uncommon to encounter the animals in the water, but bites are not frequently heard of.
Though folks mostly seem astounded, there are lots of people who are definitely on the sea lion's side:
If you swim in the water of creature used it for Survival, hunt and try to feed there young ones. They feel threaten. They will attack you by any means necessary. Just so the can feel safe.— Timothy KIlkenny (@Tkilkenny) December 17, 2017
Perhaps we don't own everything on this planet, despite our best efforts.— JosephPatrickOMalley (@OmalleyUnltd) December 17, 2017
It's not the sea lions fault, whenever we go in the water, we are entering THEIR world. It is rare, and I do feel for the guy injured but the ocean is a crapshoot every time you enter it.— KariMD (@magesticsloth) December 18, 2017
There's no way to know if it was the same sea lion or why they would suddenly be so much more aggressive than usual. Maybe they are just fed up with us?