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Troopers say sea lion attacks crew member

By Associated Press 1:09 PM January 27, 2014

Troopers say the man might have been injured more severely if he had not been wearing raingear.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Alaska State Troopers say a 19-year-old crew member of a fishing vessel received minor injuries after a sea lion lunged at him as he was offloading fish.

The crew member of the vessel Confidence did not require medical attention after the animal jumped from the water and tried to grab his buttocks Sunday in the southeast Alaska town of Sitka. The man fell forward into the vessel.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says the animal bit at the Sitka man, who might have been injured more severely if he had not been wearing raingear.

Peters says it’s unlikely anyone provoked the sea lion, described as a larger bull. Peters says it’s likely the animal is habituated to humans.

She says sea lion attacks are not common, but they’re not unheard of.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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