Team trying to help distressed sea lion near Pier 39

Photo taken by Lincoln Shaw

February 27, 2012 6:58:19 AM PST
A team of marine biologists are trying to capture a distressed California sea lion spotted near San Francisco's Pier 39. The sea lion had a fishing line or a cord stuck around its neck.

Someone first noticed the sea lion in trouble on Wednesday. A team from the Marine Mammal Center went out yesterday to try to capture it. The sea lion proved too elusive.

"And the entanglements don't often present an immediate, life-threatening situation, so that does afford us a little bit of time to be able to plan, to make a good plan," said Erin Brodie of the Marine Mammal Center.

The team is still monitoring the situation.