Sea Lion Bites Couple Off of Venice Beach Lifeguards call it a first By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff Posted Aug 26, 2011 6:29 PM CDT 8 comments Comments In this Thursday Aug. 4, 2011, photo, two California sea lions are pictured. (AP Photo/Jason Dearen) (Newser) – A sea lion bit a pair of swimmers in Venice Beach last night, in what lifeguards say may be the first case of such an event occurring in the area. KTLA reports that a woman was bit on the leg around 6:30pm; her husband came to her aid, only to be bitten on his hands, feet, and head. The pair, both in their 60s, was treated at a hospital and released. In other frightening California beach news, a two-mile stretch of Mission Beach was closed in San Diego after a great white shark was spotted.