Starving sea lion found in booth of San Diego restaurant

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Hungry Sea Lion Found in San Diego Restaurant

SAN DIEGO (WXMI) -- A starving sea lion has been rescued after finding its way into the booth of a fancy San Diego restaurant.

Experts at SeaWorld were called Thursday morning to The Marine Room, an oceanfront restaurant in La Jolla.

Rescuers found an 8-month-old female pup asleep in a dining booth. The pup was severely underweight and dehydrated.

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TAUNTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: A baby seal looks out from its cubicle as it rehabilitates in a ward in the animal welfare building at the RSPCA Centre at West Hatch on December 9, 2015 in Taunton, England. The Somerset animal sanctuary has had an influx of seals in recent weeks and more have arrived in the past few days after being washed up on beaches in the recent storms. Once spotted, the washed up seals are monitored by various animal rescue charities to insure that they are orphans. Once identified as in need, the seals, who are mainly rescued from beaches in Wales, are brought to the centre to be rehabilitated until such time that they are well and strong enough to be released back into the wild. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TAUNTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: A baby seal swims in a pool as it rehabilitates at the RSPCA Centre at West Hatch on December 9, 2015 in Taunton, England. The Somerset animal sanctuary has had an influx of seals in recent weeks and more have arrived in the past few days after being washed up on beaches in the recent storms. Once spotted, the washed up seals are monitored by various animal rescue charities to insure that they are orphans. Once identified as in need, the seals, who are mainly rescued from beaches in Wales, are brought to the centre to be rehabilitated until such time that they are well and strong enough to be released back into the wild. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TAUNTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: A baby seal eats a fish as it swims in a pool as it rehabilitates at the RSPCA Centre at West Hatch on December 9, 2015 in Taunton, England. The Somerset animal sanctuary has had an influx of seals in recent weeks and more have arrived in the past few days after being washed up on beaches in the recent storms. Once spotted, the washed up seals are monitored by various animal rescue charities to insure that they are orphans. Once identified as in need, the seals, who are mainly rescued from beaches in Wales, are brought to the centre to be rehabilitated until such time that they are well and strong enough to be released back into the wild. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TAUNTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Fish are left to be feed to seals in the animal welfare building at the RSPCA Centre at West Hatch on December 9, 2015 in Taunton, England. The Somerset animal sanctuary has had an influx of seals in recent weeks and more have arrived in the past few days after being washed up on beaches in the recent storms. Once spotted, the washed up seals are monitored by various animal rescue charities to insure that they are orphans. Once identified as in need, the seals, who are mainly rescued from beaches in Wales, are brought to the centre to be rehabilitated until such time that they are well and strong enough to be released back into the wild. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TAUNTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: A baby seal looks out from its paddling pool as it rehabilitates in a ward in the animal welfare building at the RSPCA Centre at West Hatch on December 9, 2015 in Taunton, England. The Somerset animal sanctuary has had an influx of seals in recent weeks and more have arrived in the past few days after being washed up on beaches in the recent storms. Once spotted, the washed up seals are monitored by various animal rescue charities to insure that they are orphans. Once identified as in need, the seals, who are mainly rescued from beaches in Wales, are brought to the centre to be rehabilitated until such time that they are well and strong enough to be released back into the wild. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TAUNTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: A baby seal eats a fish as it swims in a pool as it rehabilitates at the RSPCA Centre at West Hatch on December 9, 2015 in Taunton, England. The Somerset animal sanctuary has had an influx of seals in recent weeks and more have arrived in the past few days after being washed up on beaches in the recent storms. Once spotted, the washed up seals are monitored by various animal rescue charities to insure that they are orphans. Once identified as in need, the seals, who are mainly rescued from beaches in Wales, are brought to the centre to be rehabilitated until such time that they are well and strong enough to be released back into the wild. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TAUNTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: A baby seal looks out from its paddling pool as it rehabilitates in a ward in the animal welfare building at the RSPCA Centre at West Hatch on December 9, 2015 in Taunton, England. The Somerset animal sanctuary has had an influx of seals in recent weeks and more have arrived in the past few days after being washed up on beaches in the recent storms. Once spotted, the washed up seals are monitored by various animal rescue charities to insure that they are orphans. Once identified as in need, the seals, who are mainly rescued from beaches in Wales, are brought to the centre to be rehabilitated until such time that they are well and strong enough to be released back into the wild. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TAUNTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: A baby seal with an injured eye looks out from its cubicle as it rehabilitates in a ward in the animal welfare building at the RSPCA Centre at West Hatch on December 9, 2015 in Taunton, England. The Somerset animal sanctuary has had an influx of seals in recent weeks and more have arrived in the past few days after being washed up on beaches in the recent storms. Once spotted, the washed up seals are monitored by various animal rescue charities to insure that they are orphans. Once identified as in need, the seals, who are mainly rescued from beaches in Wales, are brought to the centre to be rehabilitated until such time that they are well and strong enough to be released back into the wild. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TAUNTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Staff at the RSPCA Centre at West Hatch look after seals on a ward in the RSPCA West Hatch centre on December 9, 2015 in Taunton, England. The Somerset animal sanctuary has had an influx of seals in recent weeks and more have arrived in the past few days after being washed up on beaches in the recent storms. Once spotted, the washed up seals are monitored by various animal rescue charities to insure that they are orphans. Once identified as in need, the seals, who are mainly rescued from beaches in Wales, are brought to the centre to be rehabilitated until such time that they are well and strong enough to be released back into the wild. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TAUNTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: A baby seal looks out from its cubicle as it rehabilitates in a ward in the animal welfare building at the RSPCA Centre at West Hatch on December 9, 2015 in Taunton, England. The Somerset animal sanctuary has had an influx of seals in recent weeks and more have arrived in the past few days after being washed up on beaches in the recent storms. Once spotted, the washed up seals are monitored by various animal rescue charities to insure that they are orphans. Once identified as in need, the seals, who are mainly rescued from beaches in Wales, are brought to the centre to be rehabilitated until such time that they are well and strong enough to be released back into the wild. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TAUNTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: A baby seal sits besides a pool as it rehabilitates at the RSPCA Centre at West Hatch on December 9, 2015 in Taunton, England. The Somerset animal sanctuary has had an influx of seals in recent weeks and more have arrived in the past few days after being washed up on beaches in the recent storms. Once spotted, the washed up seals are monitored by various animal rescue charities to insure that they are orphans. Once identified as in need, the seals, who are mainly rescued from beaches in Wales, are brought to the centre to be rehabilitated until such time that they are well and strong enough to be released back into the wild. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TAUNTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: A baby seal swims in a pool as it rehabilitates at the RSPCA Centre at West Hatch on December 9, 2015 in Taunton, England. The Somerset animal sanctuary has had an influx of seals in recent weeks and more have arrived in the past few days after being washed up on beaches in the recent storms. Once spotted, the washed up seals are monitored by various animal rescue charities to insure that they are orphans. Once identified as in need, the seals, who are mainly rescued from beaches in Wales, are brought to the centre to be rehabilitated until such time that they are well and strong enough to be released back into the wild. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TAUNTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: A baby seal sits besides a pool as it rehabilitates at the RSPCA Centre at West Hatch on December 9, 2015 in Taunton, England. The Somerset animal sanctuary has had an influx of seals in recent weeks and more have arrived in the past few days after being washed up on beaches in the recent storms. Once spotted, the washed up seals are monitored by various animal rescue charities to insure that they are orphans. Once identified as in need, the seals, who are mainly rescued from beaches in Wales, are brought to the centre to be rehabilitated until such time that they are well and strong enough to be released back into the wild. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TAUNTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: A baby seal looks out from its paddling pool as it rehabilitates in a ward in the animal welfare building at the RSPCA Centre at West Hatch on December 9, 2015 in Taunton, England. The Somerset animal sanctuary has had an influx of seals in recent weeks and more have arrived in the past few days after being washed up on beaches in the recent storms. Once spotted, the washed up seals are monitored by various animal rescue charities to insure that they are orphans. Once identified as in need, the seals, who are mainly rescued from beaches in Wales, are brought to the centre to be rehabilitated until such time that they are well and strong enough to be released back into the wild. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TAUNTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: A baby seal barks beside a pool as it rehabilitates at the RSPCA Centre at West Hatch on December 9, 2015 in Taunton, England. The Somerset animal sanctuary has had an influx of seals in recent weeks and more have arrived in the past few days after being washed up on beaches in the recent storms. Once spotted, the washed up seals are monitored by various animal rescue charities to insure that they are orphans. Once identified as in need, the seals, who are mainly rescued from beaches in Wales, are brought to the centre to be rehabilitated until such time that they are well and strong enough to be released back into the wild. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TAUNTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: A white board displays details on seals in the animal welfare building at the RSPCA Centre at West Hatch on December 9, 2015 in Taunton, England. The Somerset animal sanctuary has had an influx of seals in recent weeks and more have arrived in the past few days after being washed up on beaches in the recent storms. Once spotted, the washed up seals are monitored by various animal rescue charities to insure that they are orphans. Once identified as in need, the seals, who are mainly rescued from beaches in Wales, are brought to the centre to be rehabilitated until such time that they are well and strong enough to be released back into the wild. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TAUNTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: A baby seal looks out from its cubicle as it rehabilitates in a ward in the animal welfare building at the RSPCA Centre at West Hatch on December 9, 2015 in Taunton, England. The Somerset animal sanctuary has had an influx of seals in recent weeks and more have arrived in the past few days after being washed up on beaches in the recent storms. Once spotted, the washed up seals are monitored by various animal rescue charities to insure that they are orphans. Once identified as in need, the seals, who are mainly rescued from beaches in Wales, are brought to the centre to be rehabilitated until such time that they are well and strong enough to be released back into the wild. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TAUNTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: A baby seal looks out from its cubicle as it rehabilitates in a ward in the animal welfare building at the RSPCA Centre at West Hatch on December 9, 2015 in Taunton, England. The Somerset animal sanctuary has had an influx of seals in recent weeks and more have arrived in the past few days after being washed up on beaches in the recent storms. Once spotted, the washed up seals are monitored by various animal rescue charities to insure that they are orphans. Once identified as in need, the seals, who are mainly rescued from beaches in Wales, are brought to the centre to be rehabilitated until such time that they are well and strong enough to be released back into the wild. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TAUNTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: A baby seal looks out from its cubicle as it rehabilitates in a ward in the animal welfare building at the RSPCA Centre at West Hatch on December 9, 2015 in Taunton, England. The Somerset animal sanctuary has had an influx of seals in recent weeks and more have arrived in the past few days after being washed up on beaches in the recent storms. Once spotted, the washed up seals are monitored by various animal rescue charities to insure that they are orphans. Once identified as in need, the seals, who are mainly rescued from beaches in Wales, are brought to the centre to be rehabilitated until such time that they are well and strong enough to be released back into the wild. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TAUNTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: A baby seal tugs a towel as it is fed in its cubicle as it rehabilitates in a ward in the animal welfare building at the RSPCA Centre at West Hatch on December 9, 2015 in Taunton, England. The Somerset animal sanctuary has had an influx of seals in recent weeks and more have arrived in the past few days after being washed up on beaches in the recent storms. Once spotted, the washed up seals are monitored by various animal rescue charities to insure that they are orphans. Once identified as in need, the seals, who are mainly rescued from beaches in Wales, are brought to the centre to be rehabilitated until such time that they are well and strong enough to be released back into the wild. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TAUNTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Fish are left to be feed to seals in the animal welfare building at the RSPCA Centre at West Hatch on December 9, 2015 in Taunton, England. The Somerset animal sanctuary has had an influx of seals in recent weeks and more have arrived in the past few days after being washed up on beaches in the recent storms. Once spotted, the washed up seals are monitored by various animal rescue charities to insure that they are orphans. Once identified as in need, the seals, who are mainly rescued from beaches in Wales, are brought to the centre to be rehabilitated until such time that they are well and strong enough to be released back into the wild. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TAUNTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: A baby seal swims in a pool as it rehabilitates at the RSPCA Centre at West Hatch on December 9, 2015 in Taunton, England. The Somerset animal sanctuary has had an influx of seals in recent weeks and more have arrived in the past few days after being washed up on beaches in the recent storms. Once spotted, the washed up seals are monitored by various animal rescue charities to insure that they are orphans. Once identified as in need, the seals, who are mainly rescued from beaches in Wales, are brought to the centre to be rehabilitated until such time that they are well and strong enough to be released back into the wild. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TAUNTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: A baby seal eats a fish as it swims in a pool as it rehabilitates at the RSPCA Centre at West Hatch on December 9, 2015 in Taunton, England. The Somerset animal sanctuary has had an influx of seals in recent weeks and more have arrived in the past few days after being washed up on beaches in the recent storms. Once spotted, the washed up seals are monitored by various animal rescue charities to insure that they are orphans. Once identified as in need, the seals, who are mainly rescued from beaches in Wales, are brought to the centre to be rehabilitated until such time that they are well and strong enough to be released back into the wild. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TAUNTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: A baby seal looks out from its basket as it rehabilitates in a ward in the animal welfare building at the RSPCA Centre at West Hatch on December 9, 2015 in Taunton, England. The Somerset animal sanctuary has had an influx of seals in recent weeks and more have arrived in the past few days after being washed up on beaches in the recent storms. Once spotted, the washed up seals are monitored by various animal rescue charities to insure that they are orphans. Once identified as in need, the seals, who are mainly rescued from beaches in Wales, are brought to the centre to be rehabilitated until such time that they are well and strong enough to be released back into the wild. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TAUNTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: A baby seal swims in a pool as it rehabilitates at the RSPCA Centre at West Hatch on December 9, 2015 in Taunton, England. The Somerset animal sanctuary has had an influx of seals in recent weeks and more have arrived in the past few days after being washed up on beaches in the recent storms. Once spotted, the washed up seals are monitored by various animal rescue charities to insure that they are orphans. Once identified as in need, the seals, who are mainly rescued from beaches in Wales, are brought to the centre to be rehabilitated until such time that they are well and strong enough to be released back into the wild. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TAUNTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: A baby seal looks out from its cubicle as it rehabilitates in a ward in the animal welfare building at the RSPCA Centre at West Hatch on December 9, 2015 in Taunton, England. The Somerset animal sanctuary has had an influx of seals in recent weeks and more have arrived in the past few days after being washed up on beaches in the recent storms. Once spotted, the washed up seals are monitored by various animal rescue charities to insure that they are orphans. Once identified as in need, the seals, who are mainly rescued from beaches in Wales, are brought to the centre to be rehabilitated until such time that they are well and strong enough to be released back into the wild. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TAUNTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Two baby seals look out from their cubicle as they rehabilitate in a ward in the animal welfare building at the RSPCA Centre at West Hatch on December 9, 2015 in Taunton, England. The Somerset animal sanctuary has had an influx of seals in recent weeks and more have arrived in the past few days after being washed up on beaches in the recent storms. Once spotted, the washed up seals are monitored by various animal rescue charities to insure that they are orphans. Once identified as in need, the seals, who are mainly rescued from beaches in Wales, are brought to the centre to be rehabilitated until such time that they are well and strong enough to be released back into the wild. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TAUNTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: A baby seal looks out from its basket as it rehabilitates in a ward in the animal welfare building at the RSPCA Centre at West Hatch on December 9, 2015 in Taunton, England. The Somerset animal sanctuary has had an influx of seals in recent weeks and more have arrived in the past few days after being washed up on beaches in the recent storms. Once spotted, the washed up seals are monitored by various animal rescue charities to insure that they are orphans. Once identified as in need, the seals, who are mainly rescued from beaches in Wales, are brought to the centre to be rehabilitated until such time that they are well and strong enough to be released back into the wild. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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The pup was taken to SeaWorld's Animal Rescue Center, and experts are cautiously optimistic about her recovery.

There's been a surge in sea lion mortality over the past year, with marine biologists collecting thousands of sick, starving, stranded or dead pups. So far this year, SeaWorld has rescued 47 sea lions and other marine mammals.

Scientists say the animals' food supply has been affected by higher-than-normal ocean temperatures linked to El Nino.

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