Stranded Seattle sea lion died of bleeding caused by trauma

Stranded Seattle sea lion died of bleeding caused by trauma

Credit: KING

A sea lion rested on the beach at Ballard's Golden Gardens on Monday.

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by KING5.com

KING5.com

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 21 at 2:47 PM

SEATTLE - Marine experts say a sick California sea lion found on a Seattle beach Sunday died of a fractured sternum, likely caused by blunt-force trauma.

The preliminary report sent to NOAA Fisheries found the animal's fractured sternum put pressure on his heart, causing internal bleeding.

The adult male sea lion was found live at Golden Gardens Park. He was removed by marine officials Monday afternoon and died during the night.

The report released Wednesday says animal could have been hit in a boat collison, a transient orca attack, a fight with another sea lion or a fall from a rocky resting spot.

NOAA's Brian Gorman say the animal wasn't in good health and underlying health problems may have contributed to his death.

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