Party of one: Malnourished sea lion curls up in restaurant

CREDIT: Bernard Guillas, Facebook

SAN DIEGO (WCMH)–A sea lion pup who was looking for shelter curled up in a booth at an upscale restaurant in San Diego.

Bernard Guillas, executive chef at The Marine Room restaurant, posted pictures of the pup on his Facebook page after finding her hanging out at a window-side table when he opened for the day.

“We found This little guy in the The Marine Room restaurant this morning,” Guillas wrote. “He was a little bit early for his high tide breakfast reservation.”

The little sea lion, who is female, was picked up by SeaWorld’s rescue team.

“Because she was so malnourished, it was obvious this little sea lion pup was looking for a place to get warm and stay dry,” rescuer Jody Westberg told 

SeaWorld San Diego said the eight-month-old pup was only 20 pounds, less than half of what is normal for sea lions her age.

The organization said said they were treating the animal, whom they named Marina, and hoped to set her free soon.

“SeaWorld is cautiously optimistic about the sea lion’s recovery, hoping she can be rehabilitated, returned to the wild and given a second chance at life,” the park said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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