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Rare sea lion seen on Acapulco, Zihuatanejo beaches

Acapulco, Guerrero — Federal officers have been keeping an eye on an unlikely visitor the the Acapulco region. A large sea lion has made its presence in the area, being seen from Acapulco to Zihuatanejo.

The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection of Guerrero says they are continuing to monitor the sea lion in order to keep the marine animal safe. It has been seen on the coasts of Zihuatanejo and on August 15, at the beach of Pie de La Cuesta, in Acapulco.

Federal officials say they received a call from 911 about the sighting of a sea lion, which someone reported swimming inside the navigation channels of Marina Ixtapa and Playa Blanca.

Inspectors from Profepa and the Grupo Ayotcalli (environmental committee of the area) went to the marina with the purpose of verifying its health and safety. With the support of veterinarians, it has been determined to be a two-meter California sea lion weighing approximately 280 kilograms.

He was found in good health, with his coat in good condition, free of parasites, lama or injuries. The sea lion was noted as being very alert, making it likely he will eventually return to his natural habitat.

The California sea lion is listed in the Official Mexican Standard under the category of Special Protection.