By Joe Vazquez

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – For the second time in less than 24 hours, a swimmer in San Francisco Bay off Aquatic Park in San Francisco has been attacked by a sea lion.

The latest attack prompted Golden Gate National Recreation Area officials to close the park to swimmers until Monday.

According to witnesses, a man in his 60s was bitten as he was swimming around 8:00 a.m.

“A sea lion came up from underneath and grabbed him on the inside of his thigh,” eyewitness Andrew Burrell told KPIX 5.

A member of the South End Rowing Club was able to help the swimmer get back to shore.

“He came in shocked, he had a look in his face where he just wanted to get to the hospital,” Burrell said.

The victim was taken to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital with three lacerations to his upper leg.

Friday morning’s incident follows another attack where a sea lion bit a swimmer in the arm off Aquatic Park around 2 p.m. on Thursday. In that attack, the swimmer was rescued by a sailboat and was also hospitalized.

Both victims are expected to recover.

It is unclear if the same sea lion in Friday’s attack was involved in Thursday’s incident.

Burrell, who said he has been swimming off Aquatic Park all week, questioned going into the water before the park was closed to swimmers.

“Out of 100 swimmers in the morning, I’m sure a lot of us will take a second thought on getting in the water, and I’m one of those,” he said.

Comments (36)
  1. Wow, even the ocean critters hate Californians.

    1. Even seals are smart enough to know liberals are bad.

  2. Hire illegal aliens to shoot at the sea lions. But give them aiming instructions first, and don’t let young white women on SF beaches while the illegals are shooting. Oh and they have to use stolen police weapons

  3. There’s going to be an earthquake in the next 48 hours..

  4. Dale Warren says:

    The swimmers should have informed the sea lions that they were criminal illegal aliens and claimed santuary status in San Francisco Bay.

  5. Stu Kazzo says:

    Love these comments. Wonder how it feels to have the other 49 states despising you so much.

  6. Richard Frey says:

    These are NOT Swimmers, in San Francisco they are called “Bathers” and offered Free Soap…….

  7. They just wanted to pack a little fudge.

  8. I wonder if Liberals taste like Chicken?

  9. James Kent says:

    The real issue has not yet been discussed. The sea lion population is exploding. They breed like rats, sunbathe and defecate on anything that floats. THERE WILL HAVE TO BE A RESTART OF CONTROLLED HUNTING TO KEEP THE POPULATION IN BALANCE.. Interesting to see how miserable life on the CA coast/harbors must get before the PC hunting ban is rolled back.

  10. Dave Fay says:

    You know they are called Sea Lions and not Sea Bunnies.

  11. Doug Day says:

    Frisco ain’t what it used to be.