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The one-year-old sea lion hovered through the waves off the coast of San Diego County, but viewers saw the suffocating piece around the neck (pictured)

Malnourished sea lion rescued by the use of honey after his head was clamped in a diver's mask and left with a life-threatening infection

  • Animals were seen by the waves floating off the coast of San Diego County
  • But spectators saw the suffocating piece around the neck and called SeaWorld
  • Rescuers found a badly infected wound under the sea lion's neck and treated him
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A malnourished sea lion pup is rescued after it was found with a black diver's mask wrapped around his neck.

The one-year-old animal was seen Tuesday by the waves off the coast of San Diego County, but spectators saw the suffocating piece around his neck.

His head had made its way through the frame of the mask, with the plastic front off.

The one-year-old sea lion hovered through the waves off the coast of San Diego County, but viewers saw the suffocating piece around the neck (pictured)

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The one-year-old sea lion hovered through the waves off the coast of San Diego County, but viewers saw the suffocating piece around the neck (pictured)

The sea lion was seen on Tuesday at Swami beach in Encinitas, San Diego, California, with the head pressed through the frame of the mask (stock)

The sea lion was seen on Tuesday at Swami beach in Encinitas, San Diego, California, with the head pressed through the frame of the mask (stock)

The sea lion was seen on Tuesday at Swami beach in Encinitas, San Diego, California, with the head pressed through the frame of the mask (stock)

The animal struggled to eat, weighing less than half its normal body weight at just 32 pounds.

SeaWorld was called bystanders on Swami & # 39; s State Beach in Encinitas and saw the mammal climb on a rock on the shore.

The rescue team crawled on the troubled animal before they caught him in a net and set him free.

The SeaWorld rescue team crawled on the troubled animal before they caught him in a net and set him free

The SeaWorld rescue team crawled on the troubled animal before they caught him in a net and set him free

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The SeaWorld rescue team crawled on the troubled animal before they caught him in a net and set him free

Jody Westberg, who is head of the San Diego park rescue team, said LA Times: & # 39; He was very quiet.

& # 39; He should be active and he should speak. & # 39;

The rescuers also found a badly infected wound under the improvised collar and treated it with honey and antibiotics at SeaWorld's Animal Health and Rescue Center.

Jody Westberg, head of the San Diego park rescue team, told LA Times: & He was very quiet. It must be active, and it must be noisy & # 39;

Jody Westberg, head of the San Diego park rescue team, told LA Times: & He was very quiet. It must be active, and it must be noisy & # 39;

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Jody Westberg, head of the San Diego park rescue team, told LA Times: & He was very quiet. It must be active, and it must be noisy & # 39;

Mrs. Westberg said that the sea lion would have died if the rescue workers had not been called and said his health would be reviewed in the coming days before he was released. On the photo: Mrs. Westberg releases a dolphin into the sea

Mrs. Westberg said that the sea lion would have died if the rescue workers had not been called and said his health would be reviewed in the coming days before he was released. On the photo: Mrs. Westberg releases a dolphin into the sea

Mrs. Westberg said that the sea lion would have died if the rescue workers had not been called and said his health would be reviewed in the coming days before he was released. On the photo: Mrs. Westberg releases a dolphin into the sea

Mrs. Westberg continued: & # 39; He is pretty tired & # 39 ;, she said. & # 39; He is lying around with other animals of the same age that will help him relax. & # 39;

She said the sea lion would have died if the rescue workers hadn't been called and said his health would be reviewed in the coming days before he was released.

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SeaWorld claimed that it rescued 481 animals this year for a variety of reasons, such as a lack of food and marine litter.

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