Santa Barbara, CA - 6 July 2005: Sea Lion Attacks Lifeguard

Officials said Jim West was bitten three times while he swam about 50 yards offshore. West needed about 30 stitches after the attack. Read more in this story.

Note this is not the only recent attack of this kind on the West Coast. This archived story from the Anchorage Daily News in Alaska interviews the survivor of a 2004 attack by a 1200-pound Sea Lion.