Sea lion caught in fishing gear, hop on a Coast Guard boat

On this Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 photo released by the U. S. Coast Guard Station Los Angeles, a sea lion hitches a ride on a U.S. coast guard boat crew off the coast of Newport Beach, California.

(U. S. Coast Guard via AP)

NEWPORT BEACH, California. – Officials say a young sea lion was so happy to be rescued after hit by the fishing gear off Southern California, jumped in a Coast Guard boat.

The coast guard says a Los Angeles-area crew on patrol pulled the sea lion free Saturday in the vicinity of Newport Harbor.

Officials say after a bit of persuasion, the sea lion jumped on board of the boat and posed for photos.

The animal was transferred to a crew from the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, which brought the sea lion to the rescue facility. It will be restored and released.

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