Golden the Sea Lion dies overnight

We have a sad update to a story we’ve been following since it broke.  The California sea lion that washed ashore at Golden Gardens beach died overnight.  The seal, nicknamed Golden, was taken off the beach yesterday in hopes of saving its life.  But this morning, Seal Sitters informed us he didn’t make it. 

Seal Sitters reports that Golden was at least 1oo pounds underweight.  Brian Gorman with the National Marine Fisheries Service tells MyBallard that a necropsy will be conducted this afternoon, but the results could take several weeks to come back.

Earlier: Sea lion moved to Point Defiance | Came ashore on Sunday
West Seattle: Dead whale had eaten 20 plastic bags, sweat pants


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ballardmama
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ballardmama

Poor guy. He probably came up on the beach to die. :(

I wonder if they're going to try and figure out why he died? I'd be curious if it was because of pollution or a seal disease or if he was just old and it was his time.

jerry
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jerry

Arrrgh… Government healthcare claims another victim. Stop the madness!

Grubby Ballard
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Grubby Ballard

Poor guy, but what a face!

Galen Osier
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Galen Osier

Poor lil' feller. I hope he simply died of old age.

kim
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kim

salty ole' seal lion from ballard just wanted to come home to die.

linusrox
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linusrox

“Gorman with the National Marine Fisheries Service tells MyBallard that a necropsy will be conducted this afternoon, but the results could take several weeks to come back.”

ballardsnowhite
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ballardsnowhite

There was a sailing regatta going on that weekend. Sail boats rarely but occasionally can collide with a seal in the water by accident. I wonder if his wounds were due to such an interaction which I would feel sad about. So I hope it wasn't due to that. Just for future reference Do they come and pick up injured animals during weekends? If so who do you call and what number?

Doug
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Doug

The NOAA Stranding Hotline is 800-853-1964