Too many times I have come across sea lions entangled and injured by fishing line. It sickens me. For each sea lion that survives such a mess, I believe there are many others than do not survive. In fact, I believe many that become entangled in fishing line or nets never even make it back to the surface, held underwater to drown by the deadly gear. This juvenile sea lion was spotted in La Jolla recently. I photographed it and reported its condition and location to the Sea World rescue program. They had seen it before but had been unable to capture it, and were planning to try again. I hope they were successful.
Here are some other marine animals that suffered from fishing line entanglement and injury.
Brown pelican, entangled in monofilament fishing line, showing winter mating plumage colors.
Image ID: 28966
Species: Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
California sea lion with scar around neck from monofiliment fishing line entanglement.
Image ID: 31234
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico