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

(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.

In this Thursday Aug. 4, 2011,  photo, two California sea lions are pictured.
In this Thursday Aug. 4, 2011, photo, two California sea lions are pictured.   (AP Photo/Jason Dearen)
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