A family from Warren got a quite a surprise while visiting Sea World in Orlando, Fla. last week.
A sea lion jumped off the rocks in its enclosure and made a break for it, skittering up the visitor walkway and straight at Jonathan Schellhorn and his family.
“We were worried that it would hurt itself jumping down from the rock ledge it climbed up to escape from. I was slightly worried it would make its way to where we were taking shelter from the thunderstorm, which was about 30 yards away,” Schellhorn, 32, said in an email.
He said the sea lion climbed up a steep rock face where the rock met the fencing. It debated for about 10 minutes whether to jump down onto the sidewalk. It eventually did and made its way to a huge puddle on the sidewalk where it splashed around.
But zookeepers managed to chase down the sea lion and using long nets, they were able to get it safely back to its enclosure. Schellhorn said the animal swam on its back for a while and appeared as if it was taunting the zookeepers.
In the email, the family called the escape and chase “great entertainment.”
Schellhorn is vice president of Eye Catching Coral: Wholesale Live Coral and Fish in Vienna.