An exhausted juvenile sea lion rests on the beach for warmth.
My girlfriend and I set out to photograph some seascapes this past weekend, and unexpectedly ran into this little guy/gal at La Piedra State Beach, Malibu CA.
After snapping a few quick shots we left to inform the life guard on duty at Point Dume, who promptly called Animal control. After we got home that night we found the number and called ourselves. The woman we spoke with was grateful that we called it in; she was just returning from San Pedro where she had rescued 30 more! Apparently the pups are born in July-August 2012 and by now (Feb 2013) are in the process of weaning from their mothers. When they can't find food, they come to shore at isolated beaches to rest. Apparently they exhibit this behavior when they're exhausted, and cold from swimming.
I hope this little one stayed warm on the beach that night, and was able to be rescued! If you should come across a stranded sea mammal be sure not to touch it or attempt to put water on it. As cute as they appear they're wild animals that are unpredictable and may bite if they feel threatened. Call animal control as soon as you can to report it.