The 10-month-old sea lion was being guarded by a few Good Samaritans, who had pulled over to help the little animal. “They were standing next to it making sure it did not walk into the lanes of traffic,” Pereira said. “I was in shock and could not believe my eyes that I was actually looking at a sea lion on such a busy freeway.”
Clearly far from home, the 30-pound sea lion had no idea he was interrupting people’s morning commute. Instead, he seemed to be taking in the new experience with a childlike sense of wonder.
“Even with all the loud noise of vehicles passing by and all the people around him, the sea lion was very calm and curious about what was going on,” Pereira said.