|This sea lion is probably okay....not excessivley skinny, not a tiny pup.|
It could happen. People do crazy stupid shit.
After we passed this one, we came upon a young pup. Too skinny. I called CIMWI to report it while Ellen tried to keep beach goers from getting too close and inadvertently chasing it back into the cold water. She also tried wrangling two unleashed and romping big dogs who unfortunately chased it back into the ocean.
Here's what to do if you find an underfed, or distressed, or injured marine mammal. Rule #1: Don't get too close and inadvertently chase it back into the water. DO NOT pour water on a seal or a sea lion or an elephant seal. They have come out of the water to get warm.
Put your local marine mammal rescue phone numbers in your phone. Call for help.
Educate yourself about global warming and its effects on marine life.