'Grumpy' sea lion takes a bite out of Boogie board

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Posted by on August 03, 2005 at 14:47:54:

CAYUCOS, Calif. -- A 13-year-old Boogie boarder said he was chased by a sea lion that bit a chunk out of his foam board. Matthew Huff said the sea lion started chasing him Saturday evening while he was riding the board off the northern end of Morro Strand State Beach.

"It was pretty scary," said Huff, who lives in Nubieber, near Redding in Northern California. He spends every summer visiting his grandparents in Morro Bay.

The teenager said he saw the sea lion swimming toward him and he tried to get out of the way.

"He kept chasing me," Huff said.

The animal then bit the right side of the Boogie board, then circled back. When the teen put the board between himself and the sea lion, it took another bite, he said.

Ranger Dale Kinney said the sea lion was probably sick, noting sick animals often become aggressive when they're approached or touched by humans.

"A lot of times they're out on the beach because they're sick, so they're pretty grumpy anyway," the ranger said. AP

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