VACAVILLE (CBS SF) – The Marine Mammal Center has sent a team to rescue a California sea lion that is trapped in a Vacaville canal.

Humane Animal Services, which serves the Solano County area, informed the Marine Mammal Center about the trapped sea lion around 10 a.m., center spokesman Giancarlo Rulli said.

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The cement canal is on the border of an agricultural area and small community off Leisure Town Road. A veterinarian believes the sea lion is a sub-adult or adult based on media video and photos, Rulli said.

The sea lion might have been swimming up the Sacramento River and made a wrong turn into a series of ditches and waterways, he said.

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The Marine Mammal Center rescue team arrived on the scene by early afternoon to try to help the sea lion. The group included trained volunteers, a veterinarian and a rescue manager, Rulli said.

“The location is a rare occurrence. We don’t see sea lions in this area,” he said.

Sea lions are prolific swimmers and often travel up the Delta, according to Rulli.

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