San Francisco, CA - 15 Nov 2006: Sea Lion Attacks Swimmers

First reports described the marine animal as a 'bloodthirsty' baby seal, and said it had bitten as many as fourteen swimmers at San Francisco's Aquatic Park, drawing blood from three of them. None of the injuries were considered to be life-threatening. From the story:

“I have never seen anything like this, and I have been swimming here since I was a kid, and I am a pretty old guy,” said Lou Marcelli of the Dolphin Swimming Club, one of the victims. He said the seal bumped him and left a bruise. Marcelli, who swims at the park daily, said the last time he can recall an attack was 18 years ago.

However officials are not entirely whether a seal or a sea lion is to blame for the attacks. The investigation continues.

The entire post may be read online at the San Francisco Examiner web site.

UPDATE: Fox News reports that the animal is indeed a sea lion.

UPDATE 2: The San Francisco Chronicle confirms the sea lion story.

UPDATE 3:The swimming area remains closed as of 18 Nov. Story from CBS5.com.