UPDATE 4:44 p.m., March 15: A sea lion that was stranded in a Vacaville drainage channel appears to be making its way back to open water by Wednesday afternoon, according to the Marine Mammal Center.
The center said the sea lion emerged from the drainage pipe just after 9 a.m. began heading east toward the Delta at approximately noon local time.
The sea lion continued to make the journey home to the ocean with no signs of turning back. The center said it continued to monitor the animal in case it changed its mind until about 3 p.m.
UPDATE 1:35 p.m., March 15: The Marine Mammal Center has confirmed Wednesday morning that the sub-adult male sea lion has reemerged from a drainage pipe in Vacaville. The Center’s response team is actively preparing to launch a rescue effort and will be en route shortly.
The Center kindly asks that members of the public and media keep a safe distance from the animal to reduce its stress level and keep it from trying to relocate. We will update you with more information when available.
Original Post: An effort took place Tuesday afternoon to rescue a wayward sea lion that was discovered today in Vacaville.
The police department says he's creating quite a buzz along a canal on Leisure Town Road.
The Marine Mammal Center is on scene to help remove the sea lion from a drainage pipe it crawled into.
Officers say they believe he arrived in Vacaville after the recent storms by swimming up through the Delta.
They're having fun with him too, by asking visitors to the Police Department's Facebook Page to offer up possible names for the animal.
Some are calling him Mister Leisure... our Devin Yamanaka wants to call him Louis.