Good Samaritans Helping a Sea Lion Cross a Highway Reeks of Maine
A sea lion recently crossed a highway in San Diego, California
It's definitely not a sight you see every day or possibly any day of your life. For whatever reason, according to ABC7 in California, a sea lion in San Diego ended up wandering from its usual ocean habitat and stumbled upon a major California highway -- state Route 94.
Thankfully, two good Samaritans risked their lives and darted out on the highway to direct traffic and help the sea lion cross.
ABC7 reports that where the seal was found in state Route 94, it was about three miles from San Diego Bay and eight miles from the ocean -- nowhere near water. It almost sounds like a scene out of the 1990s movie Homeward Bound, except with a sea lion instead of the dogs and cat. Thankfully, two good Samaritans risked their lives and darted out on the highway to direct traffic and help the sea lion cross.
This could easily happen in Coastal Maine with a seal
Sure, this happened out on the West Coast, but can't you see a similar thing happening here on the East Coast, more specifically Coastal Maine? Even somewhere on the Seacoast in New Hampshire, too. Not just because of the fact that Maine is home to tons of gray seals and, according to Seacoast Science Center, harbor seals are most commonly found in New Hampshire, but it goes beyond that.
The most Maine or New Hampshire Seacoast thing ever would be for residents to beach (no pun intended) their car in the breakdown lane and play a bit of Frogger along I-95 or Rt 1 just to make sure that any stranded seal trying to cross the highway would be able to do so safely. We're just that kind of good human.
The difference between seals and sea lions
Seals' stubby front feet are why seals travel on land by dragging themselves on their bellies
Although they look super similar, there are some pretty glaring differences between seals and sea lions. According to the National Ocean Service, possibly the most glaring difference can be seen in their front feet. While seals have stubby little front feet with a claw on each toe, sea lips have massive flappers that they actually use to hoist themselves up and "walk" on. Seals' stubby front feet are why seals travel on land by dragging themselves on their bellies (which, for some reason while typing this, is mentally reminiscent of the time David Hasselhoff was intoxicated eating a cheeseburger off the floor.)