It’s unclear whether the California sea lion had hoped to hitch a ride atop the gray Honda Civic, or whether the plump pinniped merely sought a smooth surface on which to nap.
But the sight of such an immense sea creature resting on the roof of such a tiny car – which was parked inside a bustling Washington boat yard – was extraordinary enough to attract several onlookers and, eventually, the police.
Additionally, the bizarre scene has made Melanie Sceva somewhat famous. Her video footage, captured Saturday at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland, has been widely shared on Facebook, and attracted numerous media inquiries.
In the footage, the sea lion can be seen gazing at onlookers while standing on its fore-flippers, or plopped prone against the car’s roof. “That is the weirdest thing—why would he even do that?” Sceva says while videotaping.
According to the Seattle PI, members of the Sheriff’s office eventually arrived to persuade the sea lion to climb down. It's unclear what happened afterward, or how badly the car was damaged.
California sea lions can weigh as much as 800 pounds.
–Image is a video screen shot